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September 21, 2021

Eden-Monaro ‘bellwether’ by-election set for July 4

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The Division of Eden-Monaro.

The federal by-election for the electoral division of Eden-Monaro in New South Wales will be held on Saturday, 4 July, 2020.

The first election since Scott Morrison’s win, traditionally Eden-Monaro was the bellwether seat for the nation. That meant that whichever way the fickle voters of the NSW south coast voted, the country would too.

That hasn’t held true in recent years, but the seat is still of intense interest, as it was one of the hardest hit by the bushfire crisis over summer, and there are many people living in the region still in desperate need of help, especially after COVID-19 dealt a second blow to the important tourism sector.

The departure of popular Labor MP Mike Kelly has created a hot space into which high profile Liberal and National contenders have already tried to enter, with both being burned.

Voters need to enrol and update details

The Australian Electoral Commission sent out a press release this morning announcing the date. The Australian Electoral Commission Officer for New South Wales, Warwick Austin, said that people should act now to ensure their enrolment details are up to date by 8pm on Thursday 4 June 2020.

‘If you are temporarily displaced from your enrolled address due to the recent bushfires, you can remain enrolled at that address,’ said Mr Austin.

‘If the recent bushfires have caused you to move residence to what you would consider to be a permanent new arrangement, then you should update your enrolment prior to the close of rolls for the by-election.’

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AEC has introduced measures for this by-election to comply with the advice of health authorities.

Mr Austin said that the health and safety of Eden-Monaro voters had been at the forefront of by-election preparation.

‘People who cast their vote in-person will notice a different voting experience to what they may have encountered in the past with a number of social distancing and hygiene measures to be implemented,’ he said.

You can enrol, or update or check your enrolment details online, at www.aec.gov.au.

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  1. My X husbands land was burnt right through on that dark night of 30th Dec 2019.His property is 20 mins west of Bega where he grew up. He was appalled & outraged at this Govt’s attitude in NOT only denying climate change BUT the underfunding & lack of co-ordinated services & responses. THE RFS advice was wrong in his isolated region as they were sooooo busy & overwhelmed by unprecedented fires happening everywhere. HE WAS ON HIS OWN AT 3 AM when the sky turned red , the wildlife were confused & terrified not knowing where to run or hide , the air was black with choking smoke… whilst he too was TERRIFIED TRYING TO PUT OUT FIRES EVEN THOUGH HE WAS WELL PREPARED WITH 2 HUGE WATER TANKS, SPRINKLER SYSTEMS ETC Thank the Goddess he miraculously survived but has PTSD like so many others in the Sth Coast. Many people he knows have lost everything (and a large piece of their sanity) & like him are STILL suffering mental anguish , when it appears that they have been forgotten due to Covid 19 pandemic . Lets All hope at the July 4th by-election that the locals won’t forget Scummo’s appalling behaviour when he ‘visited’ this region & was attempting to force people to shake his hand…disgusting. Somehow I don’t think many WILL forget all the cock ups that happened , I JUST WISH THAT THE WILDLIFE COULD VOTE.

  2. Hello – Ned Kelly suits ‘n boots needed on the 4th of July
    in order to not shake hands with the Devil & his sidekick.


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