Meet the glamorous United Australia Party candidate ‘fighting for freedom’ after she was stood down from her teaching job for refusing a Covid-19 vaccine – and what she wants for Australia
- Juanita Paterson is a glamourous young candidate for United Australia Party
- Ms Paterson, 23, is ‘fighting for freedom’ this election in the seat of Lalor in Vic
- The candidate was stood down from her teaching job for refusing the vaccine
- She describes herself as ‘pro-choice, pro-freedom and pro-bodily autonomy’
A glamourous young candidate who was stood down from her job for refusing a Covid-19 vaccine is ‘fighting for freedom’ this election under the United Australia Party banner.
Juanita Paterson, 23, is the UAP’s newest candidate for the seat of Lalor in Melbourne’s south-west.
Ms Paterson, who describes herself as ‘pro-choice’, joined the party after she was stood down from her job as a primary school teacher for refusing to take the Covid-19 vaccine.
Juanita Paterson (pictured) is the United Australia Party’s glamourous young candidate ‘fighting for freedom’ in the seat of Lalor in Melbourne’s south-west
‘I’m a dedicated and hard-working teacher who strives to improve the learning outcomes for all students but now I have been stood down without pay,’ she said in a statement on the UAP website.
Ms Paterson expressed her love for teaching students and subsequent shock when she was stood down for not having the vaccine.
‘My livelihood and career have come to a complete halt so I am re-directing my passion to speak out against this totalitarian government,’ she claims.
Ms Paterson has referred to her stance as ‘pro-choice, pro-freedom, pro-bodily autonomy and pro-informed consent’.
She adds that she is ‘anti medical apartheid, segregation, coercion and discrimination’.
She has been most affected by what she believes is a divide in the country over vaccine mandates.
‘We must restore this nation and humanity,’ she continued.
‘Every freedom we surrender is a freedom the next generation never knew existed. I believe we are one race – the human race – and that is our superpower.’
Ms Paterson, 23, who describes herself as ‘pro-choice’, joined the party after she was stood down from her job as a primary school teacher for refusing to take the Covid vaccine
The young candidate has referred to her stance as ‘pro-choice, pro-freedom, pro-bodily autonomy and pro-informed consent’
Around 420 public school teachers have been stood down in Victoria for not meeting the state’s vaccination requirements, according to research published in late April.
This includes 240 teachers who have had two shots but not a third booster shot.
The majority were placed on forced leave without pay for not meeting the vaccine deadline by March 25.
Premier Daniel Andrews made no apologies for the measure, saying, ‘Vaccines work, vaccines save lives and I’m very confident that people who have had one or two (doses) will get three very quickly and I thank them for that.’
‘I’m just about sick and tired of this constant negativity when it comes to schools. Our schools were open on day one of term one. Our absentee rates in staff, support staff and students is lower today than it was before the pandemic.’
The measure, which has been enforced by the state’s health minister Martin Foley under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, requires all ‘education workers’ to be triple vaccinated to work.
Victoria’s health minister Martin Foley (pictured) enacted the order for all ‘education workers’ to be triple vaccinated to work. 240 public school teachers have been stood down for not meeting the vaccination requirements so far
Ms Paterson has been pictured attending campaign events for the United Australia Party in Victoria as she rallies supporters against vaccine mandates. She was photographed at one event in South Yarra with UAP party leader Craig Kelly (right) last month
‘Education workers’ encompasses teachers at schools, education support staff, those contracted or volunteering at an educational facility and those working in early childhood education.
Victoria’s Department of Education website says, ‘Under the pandemic order, all education workers who attend an education facility for the purposes of work must comply with vaccination requirements’.
Ms Paterson has been pictured attending several campaign events for the United Australia Party in Victoria with fellow candidates from other electorates as she rallies supporters against vaccine mandates.
She was photographed at one ‘meet and greet’ event in South Yarra with UAP party leader and former Liberal politician Craig Kelly last month.
Ms Paterson is fighting for the electorate of Lalor, which is a safe Labor seat.
Labor MP Joanne Ryan has held the seat since 2013.