‘Meet the candidates’ public forums proving a hit at exposing inexperienced politicians

by | Jul 2, 2020 | News, NT Politics | 0 comments

A series of political forums will give the public a chance to see the people who want to lead the Territory in action, less than two months before Territorians are forced to the polls to choose their next government.

The first forum focused on the Port Darwin electorate, but two other forums are expected to get heated this month, including Fong Lim (today at 12:30) and the highly anticipated Fannie Bay electorate that is currently held by Chief Minister Michael Gunner, with a challenge being mounted by CLP star candidate Tracey Hayes.

The Rotary Club of Darwin is holding the forums at the Smith Street Social bar and tickets include lunch.

Organiser Peter Hopton said the forums are proving popular with political types and community members.

“Meet the Candidates is a public ‘town hall’ type forum whereby members of the public can ask questions of any of the candidates and gauge their answers one to another,” Mr Hopton told the NT Independent.

“Usually each forum raises issues particular to each electorate. The obvious major issues are the NT economy, law and order, land access and onshore gas.”

Mr Hopton added that the forums are respectful of candidates and that “Rotary has about 8 people in attendance to control the room”.

But there’s always the chance of political gaffes.

“The event has the propensity to make or break candidates in a public forum,” Mr Hopton said. “It is evident that political parties do not advise candidates on public speaking or media training. This can be a good or bad thing.”

Tickets are $50 per person and includes lunch and a drink. Proceeds to support the Rotary Club of Darwin Charity Foundation.

The Fong Lim forum runs today from 12:30 and the Fannie Bay candidates’ forum will run on July 9. Tickets can be purchased at www.darwintickets.com.au.

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