ABC to broadcast Keneally / O’Farrell debate
The ABC will host a NSW leaders debate on ABC1 in NSW and nationally via ABC News 24.
The ABC will host a live one-hour televised debate between the NSW Premier Kristina Keneally and Opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell on ABC1 in NSW and nationally via ABC News 24.
Hosted by Quentin Dempster the debate will be broadcast on the ABC’s new 7.30 program at 7.30pm on Friday, March 18th.
Director of News Kate Torney said, “I am delighted that we can facilitate this major engagement for New South Wales electors in prime time.”
The announcement follows disagreement over the dates a debate should be held. Premier Keneally originally offered February 11 while Mr O’Farrell preferred February 25 and March 4.
Quentin Dempster said, “I am delighted that both leaders have now accepted our suggestion to engage with voters at the very time they are thinking about their decisions. With the polls indicating there may be a change of government in New South Wales the debate promises to be dynamic, informative and intense. It will cover the economy, transport, planning, health, education, the environment, law and order, service delivery and governance.”
The state election takes place on March 26th.