Daw­son can­di­dates to plead case to Whit­sun­day vot­ers

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

HEAR each party’s prom­ises straight from the horse’s mouth with a ‘meet the can­di­dates’ fo­rum set for Tues­day.

Hosted by the Whit­sun­day Coast Cham­ber of Com­merce, pres­i­dent Kevin Collins said many in the com­mu­nity were ea­ger to be in­formed.

“A lot of peo­ple are re­ally in­ter­ested in meet­ing the can­di­dates,” he said.

“If you can look them in the eye, ask a ques­tion and hear the an­swer it can go a long way to in­flu­enc­ing how you’re go­ing to vote.

“There has been a lot of me­dia about the can­di­dates and this is just a good op­por­tu­nity for face-to-face con­tact.”

The fo­rum is open to eve- ry­one, with time for ques­tions from the au­di­ence.

“Each can­di­date will have 10 min­utes, which means the ses­sion will run for around an hour, and then there will be an hour for open ques­tions with a mod­er­a­tor,” Mr Collins said.

With the elec­tion al­ready heat­ing up, the cham­ber pres­i­dent said all ques­tions would be al­lowed.

“(But) we’re not go­ing to al­low any­one to rail­road the event along a par­tic­u­lar path,” he said.

“We’re hop­ing to get a broad range of ques­tions on a range of top­ics and give all the can­di­dates a fair go.”

Sit­ting Daw­son MP Ge­orge Chris­tensen has con­firmed he will speak at the fo­rum, de­spite turn­ing down the op­por­tu­nity to address last night’s Vote for the Reef Elec­tion Fo­rum held in Townsville.

The Daw­son can­di­dates are Michael Hall (Glenn Lazarus Team), Ge­orge Chris­tensen (LNP), Steven Large (In­de­pen­dent), Ash­ley Dodd (KAP), Amanda Nick­son (Fam­ily First), Frank Gil­bert (ALP) and Jonathon Dykyj (Greens).

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