THE Gold

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - OPINION -

Coast’s very own Q&A. Fol­low­ing the Meet the Can­di­dates event at the South­port Yacht Club on Sun­day, 200 au­di­ence mem­bers left feel­ing they knew the can­di­dates, and what they stood for.

Re­fresh­ingly, there was no mouthing of stock party lines, and no per­sonal ac­ri­mony.

The can­di­dates also found the session in­valu­able for learn­ing about is­sues.

For ex­am­ple, who would have known the prob­lem of kids on elec­tric bikes was not a coun­cil is­sue,

but a State Gov­ern­ment prob­lem to solve?

Apart from lo­cal iden­ti­ties, there were many “new faces” who asked ex­tremely good ques­tions about top­ics rang­ing from pay­roll tax to body cor­po­rate re­form and, of course, the M1.

Since all of the can­di­dates strongly sup­ported the three-storey height limit on the Spit, and since the LNP had de­clined to at­tend, there was lots of time for wide rang­ing dis­cus­sion on other top­ics.

Even when there was dis­agree­ment about controversial is­sues such as re­new­able energy and crim­i­nal jus­tice, the dis­cus­sion re­mained good-na­tured.

Well done, res­i­dents and can­di­dates of Bon­ney, Broad­wa­ter, South­port and Surfers Par­adise. SUE DONO­VAN

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