Are you within a cooee of Kyogle and interested in finding out more on who you can vote for and what they might stand for at the upcoming federal election? If the answer is yes then get yourself to the candidates forum this Wednesday, May 8 at the Kyogle Bowling Club from 6pm till 8pm.
‘Elections are all about values,’ forum moderator Graeme Gibson said.
‘For example do you value more or less government? More or less support for private enterprise? More or less support for social welfare? And what about tax, climate change and energy policy? These are just some of the issues voters might think about as they decide who to support at the federal election on 18 May.’
Candidates for Page Fiona Leviny (Independent), Alison Waters (Animal Justice), Dan Reid (Greens) and Patrick Deegan (Labor) have all confirmed that they will be there to give you an idea of what they stand for and the policies and issues they will look at pushing for if you elect them.
Sitting member Kevin Hogan (Nationals) is not able to attend however, he has confirmed with organisers that he will be sending a representative.
‘We sent email invitation to the Christian Democrats and United Australia members but the have not responded to the request,’ said Mr Gibson.
The candidates forum is being organised by the Kyogle Politics in the Pub group that formed in early 2018 with the aim of fostering community engagement in current and topical issues. During 2018 they have held quarterly events on the topics of sustainability, equality, regenerative farming, and asylum seeker/refugee policy with some events having more than 200 people attending.
‘We are hoping for a lively but respectful forum to allow people to make an informed decision before they vote,’ said Mr Gibson. Find out more on their Facebook page @Kyoglepolitics.