LIBERAL MP for McMillan Russell Broadbent was one of four candidates to ignore a community-focused election forum in Warragul last month.
Listen to the forum: click the YouTube play button above to hear the full forum.
Image (L-R): Top: Gary Patton, David Amor, Matt Sherry, Norman Baker, Paul Strickland. Bottom: Malcolm McKelvie, John Parker, Anthony Naus.
Seven of 13 candidates for the seat responded to questions from the public at the GetUp!-run event: David Amor of Katter’s Australian Party, Gary Patton of Senator Online, Greens candidate Malcolm McKelvie, independent candidate John Parker, the Palmer United Party’s Matthew Sherry, Norman Baker of Rise Up Australia and the Australian Labor Party’s Anthony Naus.
Event organiser Paul Strickland said Mr Broadbent, independent candidate Leigh Gatt, Country Alliance candidate Ross Fisher and Family First Party’s Luke Conlon did not respond to invitations to attend.
The Sex Party’s Benjamin Staggard and the Democratic Labour Party’s Andrew Kis-Rigo were registered apologies.
Candidates were asked questions on foreign ownership of local businesses, coal seam gas, asylum seeker policy, pokies regulation, climate change policy, education, healthcare, media regulation and other issues.
Over 50 people attended the forum at Wesley of Warragul, joined by another 21 listening online though The Warragul Citizen’s live stream.
You can hear the 105-minute forum using the player at the top of this article.
Get free email updates from the Baw Baw Citizen
Read more Baw Baw News