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Candidates at a 2019 state election forum hosted by The Echo and Bay FM. Photo ‘Party Animal’ Dawson.

Nearly all ten candidates for the federal seat of Richmond have confirmed their attendance at a Meet the Candidates forum in Byron next month.

Independent local media The Echo and Bay FM Community Radio have again teamed up to host the event from 6pm on 16 May in the Byron Theatre, with tickets to become available via the venue soon.

Justine Elliot. Photo Tree Faerie.

Nationals candidate, Kimberly Hone.

The Nationals’ candidate Kimberly Hone has confirmed she’ll be there, representing the incumbent government, along with incumbent Labor Member Justine Elliot, who has held the seat for seventeen years.

They’ll be seated in a panel alongside The Greens candidate, popular comedian and journalist Mandy Nolan; United Australia Party candidate Robert Marks; Liberal Democratic Party candidate Gary Biggs; and Independents David Warth, Nathan Jones and Terry Sharples.

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation candidate Tracey Bell-Henselin and Ocean Shores-based Informed Medical Options Party candidate Monica Shepherd were yet to confirm attendance as of Thursday morning.

Members of the community are to be invited to put questions to the panel as part of live broadcast and streamed event at bayfm.org; if your community group or cause has a question related to federal policy, please email [email protected]with subject: ‘Richmond Meet the Candidates’.

Bay FM’s Community Newsroom will be featuring interviews with candidates in the lead-up to the forum: tune in via the website or 99.9 on your radio dial from 11am each Friday.

NB: Mia Armitage is a Bay FM member and Community Newsroom EP.

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  1. As Hone has only been a resident in the Richmond electorate for a very short while and a member of the National party for even far less time. Is she actually familiar enough with the area, to name more than a dozen suburbs or roads in the Richmond electorate. And why does she and her newly adopted party, believe she has enough actual knowledge of the area and the residents, to even attempt to pretend to represent our best interests. Above those interests of her fundamentalist religious organisation, she seems to be obsessed with and has previously stated that she wishes if elected, to forcibly impose her God on our secular Parliament?


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