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SIR JOH WOULD BE SPINNING IN HIS GRAVE: Another porn row engulfs candidate in Queensland poll dance

PatriciapetersenOne of our election-time favourites former Greens party candidate and space cadet Dr Patricia Petersen is at it again with widespread suspicions about that her claims of being awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy are bogus.

In fact, our earlier investigations of Dr Petersen reveal that she was indeed awarded with a PhD from UQ in 2002 as confirmed by the University:

from: Student Admin Graduations studentgraduations@uq.edu.au 8/9/10

to editor – at – vexnews.com

Dear Andrew

I can confirm that Patricia Petersen was awarded Doctor of Philosophy on 11 October 2002.

Kind regards
Chloe

Chloe [redacted] | Graduations Assistant
Graduations Section | The University of Queensland | BRISBANE QLD 4072
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So, that’s all good, disappointed as were at the time not to have sprung a faux Doctor. But what’s particularly puzzling is that the content of Dr Petersen’s thesis has been a tightly held secret. There is no copy available at the University, VEXNEWS investigators say.

Dr Petersen herself either cannot or will not furnish the inquisitive with a copy. And as readers know, VEXNEWS is very inquisitive.

She is – somewhat curiously – very evasive about the subject. When an erudite Senator in our acquaintance completed a mini-thesis for his Masters, it was our recollection that he carried the fine document with him for some time, as you would. He was proud of the interesting work and wanted all of us to share in his pride. Fair enough. That’s normal.

But what’s not normal is doing what some have suggested those associated with Dr Petersen might have done, which is hide or knock off the supposedly racy document. Several times.

Why would this happen? Why the modesty?

The answer appears to be that her thesis makes somewhat racy arguments for the legalisation and/or broad community acceptance of hard-core porn and advances other views that are probably not fit to be discussed at morning tea in Ipswich.

She has made these arguments before, for example::

But now, what should we make of violent pornography (pornography other than open leg shots of women)? Does pornography, which involves consenting adult actors depicted as engaging in sadomasochistic practices (for example, a woman wearing a dog collar down on all fours), require legislation? Here we need to tread carefully.
Merely because you or I might not derive pleasure from these depicted practices, and or we might consider them disgusting or obscene, it doesn’t follow that we ought to insist they be banned.

Australia’s current classification system does ban such material, we understand.

She has written a couple of books on related subjects:

Sexual Facts and Fantasies and Ethics of Sex: Masturbation, Pornography and Sexual Fantasy

It appears her thesis must have had her PhD supervisor’s heart racing. We suggest the arguments in her PhD thesis are not views Dr Petersen is campaigning on in the socially conservative traditional Labor area of Ipswich.

Not greatly unlike the LNP party leader Mr Newman who has adopted the puzzling position of supporting gay marriage while opposing the somewhat lesser step of allowing civil unions. This is either just plain confusing, expedient to a breathtaking degree or may put him in the extreme part of spectrum among gay activists who oppose civil unions as an insult that does not provide full “marriage equality.” Why can’t candidates for office just present as they really are?

She might perhaps find common ground with Mark Boothman, the LNP candidate for Albert, who has essentially admitted running a site which we have exposed as peddling hard-core pornography, including games that involve violence against women and even deplorable “jokes” about under-age school-girl sexual antics. We have caught him in the most blatant lie, where he even lied to his party leader about it, and the potty-mouthed LNP party hierarchy, but they’ve kept him on, setting a remarkably low bar of ethics for what should be a new era of conservative governance in Queensland. Newman did well as Brisbane’s Lord Mayor but he won’t do as well as Premier if he tolerates porn pedlars on his team who tell lies. We hear there’s more to come on Mr Boothman, so stand by for that.

It would all be enough to have Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, the former Queensland Premier derided by Campbell Newman as “corrupt,” spinning in his grave.

We would love to read Dr Petersen’s opus, perhaps over a bottle of red. But we can’t because she’s keeping it hidden. And copies – as she acknowledged in a public debate this week – keep disappearing from the UQ Library. We smell a rat. With five fingers.

We won’t reprise in detail Dr Petersen’s magnificent past exploits which include five candidacies for public office, a quite possibly helpful black-belt in karate, involvement in the far-left Greens party, a brush with the law involving a misunderstanding over many dozens of items from shops that appeared not to have been paid for in the customary manner, dating a Midnight Oil band member (not Peter Garrett), serving as a breathy on-air sex therapist on radio for a time, false reports to Police claiming her political opponents assaulted her, attempting to organise bogus community debates where some say she’d sucked in the Courier-Mail’s Madonna King into moderating it for her after failing to admit she’d organised it herself and so many more that we expect many will add some of her classic hits in the comments section.

Please keep it clean.

UPDATE: Whether it’s lemon-slice eating trolls at the heavily loss-making Fairfax site Brisbane Times or cunning Labor “strategists” or even our friends in the LNP hierarchy having a crack at VEXNEWS, variously as evil, discredited or “fringe” (we are all mainstream all the way, baby, perhaps unlike campaign czar James McGrath but that’s perhaps a story for another time), we are breaking news here, there and everywhere in the razzle dazzle deliciously sleazy Queensland election which started out and will probably end as an inevitable LNP triumph.

This yarn has been embraced and extended by the good and worthy folk of the Courier-Mail and its associated stable of publications, with one of their master-investigators even digging up a Petersen book on Amazon where she is very ably represented on the front-page of the text without any clothes on. We should all be so confident.

The question of why he thesis is missing is still unresolved although it’s pretty obvious that in stark contrast to the book cover, she’s definitely hiding something.

Sadly it appears the work is out of print.

Discussion

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  1. Charter member of the All Over The Shop Party if that final paragraph can be believed.

    Posted by gregoryno6 | March 15, 2012, 10:07
  2. It is alsways good to see Patricia as a candidate – I still have my shoes on so my arithmetic may be wrong – but I believe she has run for office @ Manly Council (twice), against Tony Abbott (twice) and Queensland federal (once) and queensland State (once). Is this a full count?

    Posted by trouble with numbers | March 15, 2012, 15:18
  3. Speaking of photos I find it interesting that with all of the mud being thrown around by Labor that none have emerged. You know THOSE photos rumored to be in posession of the Courier Mail.

    Posted by wolf | March 15, 2012, 16:13
  4. At least she has nothing to hide from us. At least we will get the bare facts from her.

    Posted by old timer | March 15, 2012, 18:41
  5. Corrr…….. Does the lass need a lift home?

    Posted by RDR | March 15, 2012, 20:21
  6. Dr Paricia is a great asset to the LNP.

    Posted by Bobafett | March 15, 2012, 20:46
  7. Vexnews, there is another BIG story brewing in Ipswich. A local newspaper broke the news that Rachel Nolan, the Finance Minister, did NOT finish her economics degree. She dropped out! Labor is on the back foot saying that Rachel Nolan was “too busy” to finish her degree because of her ministerial duties. But the problem for Rachel Nolan is that she dropped out before she became a Minister! So we have a university drop out who found economics “ooooh tooo harrrddd” running Queensland’s finances! Hope you’ve enjoyed my little addition to the discussion!

    Posted by Greg | March 15, 2012, 22:31
  8. There is nothing wrong with a healthy appreciation of porn.

    Posted by Dr Jacqui | March 15, 2012, 22:59
  9. Well done Greg for bringing this up about the media’s attention on labor’s rachel nolan. I’d heard back when I was at Uni, she was failing subjects and was probably going to flunk out of economics. The appointment to the ministry probably made labor think they had a water tight alibi for her withdrawing. You Know the old, “oh I don’t have time now” spin thing. Pity for rachel nolan that the media now know she bombed out BEFORE she became a minister. WOW imagine, a finance minister flunking out of economics. This is REALLY big. She caused the premier, Anna Bligh, enough headaches as transport minister getting booked like 10 times, once in a school zone in her OWN electorate. Even the deny everything labor party are going to have a VERY hard time with this one. You made a brilliant addition to the discussion Greg.

    Posted by Stephen Walker | March 15, 2012, 23:29
  10. In her own words:

    Dr Patricia Petersen, has spent hundreds of hours raising awareness of and funds for victims of domestic violence

    Dr Petersen has directed, produced and acted in numerous productions of The Vagina Monologues to assist women and children who are at risk of physical and sexual violence.

    Organ Donation:

    Dr Patricia Petersen has been on the organ donation register for two decades.

    ENDS

    I’d like to know if she has donated any organs – like a spare kidney.

    Also, I suspect calling something the Vagina Monologues is not going to reduce violence against women.

    Finally, the photo on the front cover of the book appears to have been photoshopped or digitally enhanced or otherwise is a photo of a model rather than the author.

    Posted by Giuseppe De Simone | March 16, 2012, 2:07
  11. @ Greg and Stephen Walker, let’s stick to the facts and not to speculation. So you heard rumours. So what? I heard heard rumours you were both Patricia Petersen sockpuppets, so does that make it true? You are both sounding like Patricia Petersen, so maybe it is!

    You and others have missed the point and are now comparing Nolan’s and Petersen’s educational qualifications. It is not Petersen’s qualifications that were under question but her reluctance to clarify her field of study and topic of her thesis. Was she trying to mislead the people that she has a PhD in the field of economics? But given people have been making the comparison, let’s look at the facts.

    Nolan has a BA (Hons) specialising in government and economics, received a Dean’s commendation for high achievement, and undertook further study in economics. Petersen has a BA majoring in philosophy and sociology, BA (hons) on the topic of animal welfare, and a PhD in the field of philosophy on the topic of philosophy and sexuality.

    Clearly, on educational qualifications alone it is undeniable that Nolan is more qualified in economics and goverment. I am sure Nolan would concede to Petersen her studies in pornography and sexual fantansies is greater. But let’s not forget that Nolan has served on the backbench and on the frontbench as Minister for Finance, and Petersen as a panelist on Beauty and the Beast.

    FYI students don’t complete degrees for numerous reasons. Family commitments, illness, financial hardship, work commitments, lack of interest, non-completion of courses, failing courses and so forth. Given Nolan’s studies record (above), which include a Dean’s commendation and Young Alumnus (past student) of the Year, and her subsequent achievements, such as founding the Ipswich Women’s Development Network (IWDN), and prior to entering Parliament working as Senior Media Advisor to Clare Martin, then Leader of the Northern Territory Opposition and as a Policy Advisor to David Hamill, then Queensland Treasurer, why do you choose the least likely possibility as your answer? Surely these achievements, unlike your rumours, support the view quoted by her spokesperson that she “had been studying an economics degree, but stopped due to time constraints when she became a minister.”

    Petersen’s achievements are notoriety and sensational stunts. Her PhD is surrounded by controversy, her claims of it being lost or stolen denied by UQ, and she has to date not provided evidence of her position at CQU. She may indeed have a job but why does her name not appear in the staff profile pages? It is likely that she has had only casual positions as a sessional staff member, but not an appointed position as lecturer. Moreover, she has no publications in economics of politics, and in fact has no scholarly publications. What she does have is a self-published book on philosophy and sex, a book review in the AJP, and a chapter in a pop culture philosophy book on karate.

    VEXNEWS is correct to suspect that Petersen doesn’t wish to reveal the nature of her thesis for fear of repercussions. In her self-published book Morality: Sexual Facts and Fantasies, which was lifted from her thesis prior to completion, she claims that it is ok “to fantasize about anything. This includes fantasizing about raping children and beating up spouses” (p.40).

    For more information please contact me!

    Posted by Gilbert Burgh | March 16, 2012, 3:00
  12. PS Petersen also claimed to have a second book, Ethics of Sex: Masturbation, Pornography and Sexual Fantasy (to be published in late 2005). Where is it?

    The truth is our there!

    Posted by Gilbert Burgh | March 16, 2012, 3:09
  13. Labor’s Rachel Nolan is history. She LIED about selling QR then sold it. She LIED about buses.
    Good bye Rachel Nolan!

    Posted by Greg | March 16, 2012, 7:30
  14. AAAHHHH, Gilgert Burgh. I new I wouldn’t have to wait long for you to show up. On the Ipswich quest news site you asked people to google you. I did. The results were very, very, disturbing. Any political site, newspaper site, chat site, anything that allows comment, where Dr Petersen is even mentioned, you are there putting in some comment. Usually with no relevance to the topic. These things go back years. It is clear that you are utterly obsessed with Dr Petersen, perhaps to the level of clinical psychosis. I would really suggest quite strongly that you see a doctor.
    Which site will I meet you at next. Oh that’s right. You won’t know till Dr Petersen is mentioned again. See you there then.

    Posted by Stephen Walker | March 16, 2012, 8:44
  15. Dr Petersen is yet another shining example of porn star wannabee’s wanting to make a difference.

    I suppose she is no worse than Fiona Patton and Angela White [PS: We believe Angela is no relation to Alex]

    Posted by Reds are better in bed | March 16, 2012, 11:25
  16. well said Greg – good to see you defending Patricia’s honour!

    Posted by not the Drummer | March 16, 2012, 11:57
  17. Labor MP Rachel Nolan is refusing to hand over her academic transcript from UQ to the media Oh Oh…looks as though Labor’s Rachel Nolan failed her economics course and didn’t discontinue her studies after all. Rachel Nolan was thrown out of the university for failing!!!
    Rachel, Rachel, Rachel. Not very bright are you? And YOU run the state’s finance? God help us all!

    Posted by Greg | March 16, 2012, 13:59
  18. The term misdirection comes to mind over this boondoggle (hat tip to Kim Beasley) with Labor and Dr Petersen. The online dictionary defines misdirection as;- the act of distracting; drawing someone’s attention away from something. Nevil Maskelyne wrote, “It consists admittedly in misleading the spectator’s senses, in order to screen from detection certain details for which secrecy is required.” (Our Magic, page 117, second edition copyright 1946) “Certain details for which secrecy is required”. So why does labor want all attention centred on a savage witch hunt of Dr Petersen. What are they doing that “secrecy is required”? That should be what thinking people speculate on, not the title of an independents thesis. Labor may even be trying to hide something more damaging than the finance minister, Rachel Nolan, failing economics.

    Posted by Stephen Walker | March 16, 2012, 21:18
  19. Or geee I’m off to QLD those big rosie lips would do wonders with Percy, please don’t tell ‘Her Indoors’ about my ‘Property Development’ interests in Queensland.

    Posted by Boofa | March 16, 2012, 23:34
  20. @Stephen Walker- Your comment- “Which site will I meet you at next. Oh that’s right. You won’t know till Dr Petersen is mentioned again. See you there then.”
    So does that mean you’re obsessed with Patrica Petersen as well? Or are you following Gil around?
    Take it from the people who know her- she doesn’t need defending- she makes claims she can’t back up, and believes her own lies.
    Anyone who knows Pat would suggest she see a doctor, not Gil.

    Posted by geeez | March 17, 2012, 10:43
  21. those who know Patricia well are concerned for her welfare.

    Posted by the Insider | March 17, 2012, 10:55
  22. @ The Insider- so what are you doing about it? I assume you are one of those people who know her.

    Posted by geeez | March 17, 2012, 11:07
  23. I fail to see how people take Petersen’s lies and her spin seriously.

    That she could get only 8 votes out of 150 at the Q&A political debate is evidence that she has few supporters. I suspect that like on this forum Petesen has many sockpuppets. Have we all forgotten her history of mental health?

    According to the Manly Daily (21 July 2010) and the QT (30 Jul 2010 – recently withdrawn from online view but available on hard copy) in 2004 Petersen faced Manly Court in NSW on 65 charges, including possession of stolen property, false statements to pawning them, driving uninsured, unlicensed and registering without at licence, and a breach of bail. Her solicitor Peter Skidmore said “a bi-polar condition affected Dr Petersen’s memory of how she obtained the 245 items.” Under Section 32 of the Mental Health Criminal Procedure Act she was discharged by Magistrate Andrew George on the condition of continued psychiatric and medical treatment for a year. At the time she said that she intend to help others with mental illness now that her bi-polar condition was public knowledge (Manly Daily, 5 Nov 2004). Yet she has subsequently denied that she has a bipolar condition

    If she does not have a bi-polar condition then how can she explain being discharged of all charges on the basis of a condition that she doesn’t have? How does she explain her admission in 2004 and her denial in 2010? Both claims can’t be true. Either she has a mental health condition or she does not and either she is or is not guilty of the 65 charges. If she does have a bi-polar condition then why does she not admit it? Is she embarrassed to admit it to her Ipswich electorate and if so why did she claim differently to the people of Warringah? What does this say about her attitude to mental health as a politician?

    What is under question here is Petersen’s character, her integrity and her ability to represent the people of Ipswich. All evidence supports the view that she not to be trusted. Why Petersen supporters ignore the evidence is beyond me … the likelihood as I stated earlier is that her supporters are none other then her own sockpuppets!

    Posted by Gilbert Burgh | March 17, 2012, 14:13
  24. @ stephen walker. I suspect that you are sockpuppet, but I can offer no proof, by simply hope that like Petersen supporters who hang onto her every word, others will believe me simply because I make the claim!

    Why are you stalking me or for that matter stalking Petersen’s posts?

    Let’s put my comment into perspective. I asked that if Petersen has an appointed position as a leturer at CQU, or has scholarly publications or other acedemically related qualifications or experience why can we not find this information on the relevant websites? To prove my point I offered anyone to Google me, or any academic, to find information. So, did you find evidence of my position in a university, my list of books and other scholarly publications, my positions on various boards and committees, and did you notice that all this information is public and that my publications are available in libraries for the public and other scholars and academics to scrutinise? Of course you did. So why did you not mention this?

    On the other hand did you Google Petersen and notice you can find NO evidence of this? Curious don’t you think? Of course you did not. But you still don’t seem to think this is relevant and that it has not even cast some doubt in your mind as to question Petersen’s claims or to research further, even when I have offered many links for you to read.

    I notice also that you’ve conveniently missed out that I regularly make comments on issues unrelated to Petersen, including comments against the Federal Labor Party’s stance on live export and gay marriage, and my agreement with Petersen on animal welfare on which she wrote as an honours student.

    So, what’s your point?

    Posted by Gilbert Burgh | March 17, 2012, 14:43
  25. Gibert Burgh. Don’t be boring. I only googled you because asked people to. It was the search engine that couldn’t help but make the connection. You are so constantly on any site where Dr Petersen has been mentioned. And to return to the point. You are a sick man and require professional help.

    Posted by Stephen Walker | March 17, 2012, 19:24
  26. The middle picture up the top wheres she in black,mmm she does”nt look too good there though

    Posted by Just Observing | April 5, 2012, 17:16
  27. ***the guy is totally, totally obsessed with Patricia Petersen. My suspicion is***

    Greg?

    Are you … ‘totally obsessed’, with Gilbert?

    Just let it go, mate.

    Just let it go.

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | April 5, 2012, 20:39

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