You wool not believe it
MINNIE the sheep was the star of the show in the Ipswich Mall yesterday.
The dear thing was oblivious to the fact she was promoting a campaign message from Independent candidate for Ipswich Patricia Petersen.
Ms Petersen insists the two-party system is nothing more than bah humbug.
She doesn't want the good electors of Ipswich to be lambs to the political slaughter.
Or as she puts it: "A city of sheep will regret a government of wolves."
"The whole idea of this is that I want people to think for themselves this election," Ms Petersen said.
"This is about reminding Ipswich voters there is a golden opportunity for them to vote for a community advocate.
"I am not in this for myself and I have demonstrated that for 10 years. I won't kowtow to any political party."
Ms Petersen was perhaps using the playbook of federal independent senator Nick Xenophon who has used a live pig, goat and mule to make various points.
"Nick... move over. In the past, he has had all sorts of animals out and about but I don't think he has ever done the sheep," Ms Petersen said.
"I thought about independents and what they stand for, and here is an opportunity for people to vote for someone who isn't a sheep and who thinks for themselves."
Mall shopper Sue Gould, of Camira, insisted the Ipswich public would not have the wool pulled over their eyes by any politician.
"We don't want to be sheep, but I don't know if it could be offensive to some people to be referred to as a bunch of sheep in Ippy... because we are definitely not," she said.
"I will make up my own mind, going on performance."
Ms Petersen has unveiled a suite of policies including a call for the return of the cane in public schools.
She wants juvenile offenders to mow lawns, remove graffiti and plant trees as part of their punishment. She is also pushing a ban on wearing burqas and balaclavas in public and is opposed to asset sales.
Ms Gould said she did not know much about Ms Petersen but conceded she had come up with "an innovative" campaign tool.
"A sheep is not something I see every day I walk up the mall," she said.
Who will you vote for in Ipswich in 2015?
This poll ended on 31 January 2015.
1. Tim Stieler - FAMILY FIRST
2. Ian Berry - LNP
3. Patricia Petersen - INDEPENDENT
4. Jennifer Howard - ALP
5. Pat Walsh - GREENS
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.