|Slogans:||Your vote can and will change the future. So please do not waste your chance because the future depends on how you vote today.|
|Themes:||Social Justice through a Catholic lens|
Upper House: Victoria
Lower House: not applicable
|Preferences:||EDIT: So, on the front page of her site, Geraldine has a guide to how to fill out your ballot, which shows a listing of 12 candidates. It’s labelled as “EXAMPLE”, but it also seems less than random. Assuming that it does represent her actual preferences, it would show a grab bag of fellow independents, right leaning parties and anti-vaxxers. Aside from the three ungrouped independents listed, everyone else there is someone I’d rather not see in Parliament, so this actually makes me less likely to rank her highly. (You can find them all listed in the comments below.)|
Policies & Commentary
Geraldine Marie Antoinette Gonsalvez is a former local Councillor for Dandenong Council in Melbourne’s south-east. She is very proud of her Indian heritage, and her campaign materials feature quotes from both Gandhi and Mother Teresa. In 2013, she ran as a candidate for the DLP in the Lyndhurst by-election, but was not elected. She appears to have ended her relationship with the DLP at some point after that, possibly because they are no longer a registered political party at a federal level, although it looks like she still shares a lot of their values.
Unfortunately, what she actually stands for can only be inferred from her site and her public statements. She is opposed to racism and to euthanasia. She supports tax cuts to help support families with young children, and more generally, with cost of living issues. She thinks that the federal government has not supported those Afghans who fought alongside Australia and its allies enough. And that’s about it.
There’s not much to object to here, but then, there’s not much here. In the absence of a more clearly stated policy position, I can’t rank this candidate that highly. She’ll land somewhere around the middle of my ballot.
Just a reminder that Maz and I lack the necessary Eurovision knowledge to choose the songs that Catherine liked to include, but we’d love to see what you suggest in the comments below 🙂