Newcastle voters will have a rare chance to have an “up close and personal” look at senate candidates for the next federal election on the evening of the 21st June at the Newcastle City Hall.
Local, independent think tank The Newcastle Institute will be hosting a public forum featuring senators representing all four parties in the senate – Labor, Liberal/National, Greens and the Liberal Democrats. The forum will be run as an “old fashioned” public meeting, making it a unique event for NSW.
The party representatives are Senators Deborah O’Neill (Labor), Lee Rhiannon (Greens), David Leyonhjelm (Liberal Democrats), and Senate candidate Hollie Hughes (Liberal/National).
The MC for the night will be Dr Bernie Curran, one of the patrons of the Newcastle institute.
Senators will be quizzed by a broad panel representing media, business, unions, and community groups. In the week before the forum, the public will be invited to submit questions for the panel.
It is sometimes said that many voters feel that the Hunter is ignored by the political parties in elections because of its many safe seats in the Lower House but in the Senate, every vote across the state counts.
This Newcastle Institute forum is a chance for the people of the Hunter, in any seat, to show the importance of the region in the senate vote.Previous Newcastle Institute forums before State, Federal and Local Government elections have been regarded as high quality, well organised, and fair to all candidates..
The meeting is open to all citizens who are interested in obtaining the best result for Newcastle and the Hunter region in the Senate elections.
A $10 donation at the door to cover costs is appreciated. Newcastle Institute is a not for profit organisation.
What: Newcastle Institute Public Forum – Federal election: Hunter Senate candidates forum
When: June 21, 2016 at 7pm-9pm
Where: Newcastle City Hall