Gripe that de­bate ‘snubs’ mi­nor par­ties

The Weekend Post - - News -

ONE Na­tion can­di­date for Cairns Ian Hodge has taken a swipe at the Cairns Cham­ber of Com­merce for snub­bing the mi­nor par­ties at an elec­tion de­bate next week.

The Wed­nes­day lun­cheon de­bate will pit each of the La­bor and LNP can­di­dates for Cairns, Mul­grave and Bar­ron River against each other, as well as in­de­pen­dent Cairns MP Rob Pyne.

“It’s hard to work out why,” Mr Hodge (above) said.

“If you check the Cham­ber of Com­merce char­ter in re­gards to what it is sup­posed to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia-wide, it’s clear there is sup­posed to be fair­ness to all sides of pol­i­tics.”

Cham­ber pres­i­dent Nick Loukas it sim­ply came down to time.

“We would like to have ev­ery party there,“he said. “If we in­vite the mi­nor par­ties we would have to in­clude One Na­tion, the Greens and in­de­pen­dents. We’re cer­tainly apo­lit­i­cal, it just comes down to what we can fit into a two-hour event that peo­ple will have time to visit.”

Mr Loukas said all can­di­dates were wel­come to buy a ticket and sub­mit ques­tions.

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