State can­di­dates to face the pub­lic

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS - By Char­mayne Al­li­son

WANT to know a bit more be­fore head­ing to the bal­lot box on Novem­ber 24?

The Com­mit­tee for Echuca Moama (C4EM) is host­ing a pub­lic fo­rum so you can make the most of your vote on state elec­tion day.

The fo­rum will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for Mur­ray Plains can­di­dates to out­line their poli­cies and pri­or­i­ties for the re­gion.

While also giv­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic a chance to ask the tricky ques­tions.

“Our goal is to achieve a more in­formed level of dis­cus­sion, un­der­stand­ing and pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion in the elec­tion process and out­come,’’ C4EM chief ex­ec­u­tive Nina O’Brien said.

‘‘It’s not the in­ten­tion for C4EM to com­ment on the mer­its or oth­er­wise of the can­di­dates, but rather to give each the op­por­tu­nity to ex­press their views in a sin­gle fo­rum, open to the pub­lic.’’

The can­di­dates par­tic­i­pat­ing will be Peter Walsh for the Na­tion­als, Dan Straub for the Shoot­ers, Fish­ers and Farm­ers Party, Peter Wil­liams for La­bor and Ian Chris­toe for The Greens.

“The fo­rum will be chaired by C4EM chair­man Ge­off Kelly and each can­di­date will be al­lowed 10 min­utes (un­in­ter­rupted) to pro­vide an over­view of their poli­cies and pri­or­i­ties for the re­gion,’’ Nina said. “Af­ter all can­di­dates have spo­ken, the chair will take ques­tions from the pub­lic.

‘‘These may be di­rected at one, more or all of the can­di­dates. Each can­di­date, if they wish, may also choose to an­swer the ques­tion.’’

The fo­rum will be on Thurs­day from 5.30pm-7pm at the Echuca Club.

FO­RUM: “Our goal is to achieve a more in­formed level of dis­cus­sion,’’ C4EM chief ex­ec­u­tive Nina O’Brien said.

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