2017 Lord Mayoral Election Forum

6pm-8pm August 31st.

Newcastle City Wests

(formerly Panthers & The Workers Club)

Independent think-tank The Newcastle Institute, will be conducting a public forum for the coming Lord Mayoral Election on Thursday August 31st, in the lead-up to the Local Government Elections

The Institute’s high-quality forums before local, state and federal elections have become a respected tradition in Newcastle in the last decade.

There are four groups contesting the election with Councillor and Mayoral candidates. The main attention will be on the Lord Mayoral candidates, who have all agreed to participate.

The four Lord Mayoral candidates from Groups contesting the election are Nuatali Nelmes (Labor); David Compton (Liberal); Therese Doyle (Greens); and Kath Elliot (Independent Group).

This forum will be modelled on the ABC’s popular Q&A program. The moderator for the night will be journalist Paul Scott from the University’s School of Communication. As with previous events, Dr Bernie Curran shall be Master of Ceremonies.

Each candidate will be invited to give a short policy speech, and then respond to questions covering a range of topics about the future of Newcastle.

The public is invited to submit questions through the Newcastle Institute’s website. A Panel representing a range of community interests will select questions to ensure there is good balance, and to make sure the forum is fair to all the candidates.

Newcastle Institute spokesperson Robyn Considine said “Political meetings in Australia have become stage-managed and scripted – and boring. The Newcastle Institute’s events are now unusual in Australian politics. This meeting will bring together politicians from across the spectrum in a genuine face-to-face contest. We see this as demonstrating yet again that Newcastle is a city of innovation in many facets of public life”.

The Event is open to any member of the general public, subject only to requirements for appropriate behaviour during the meeting.

The Newcastle Institute requests a $5 donation on entry to assist us with venue hire costs.

If you’d like to submit a question for the forum then click below

Questions will be accepted up until 5pm on 29 August, 2017

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