Next Monday’s event will take place at the Burvale Hotel in Nunawading, in the seat of Deakin.
That’s a pub that used to be opposite the old Channel TEN and was regularly featured as a drab bar in scenes from Prisoner or Neighbours (I’m sure it’s since been upgraded). Vera Bennett used to have a quiet drink or two there while waiting for some man to walk into her life…
I don’t understand why SKY keeps staging these events in RSLs and pubs. Are we supposed to be aligning politics with beer and pokies or something? Should we all get pissed before we hurl a question at our leaders? Q & A travels the country to theatres, town halls or community centres and I don’t think they’ve had to step inside a pub yet.
Very strange subtext…
SKY News in conjunction with the Herald Sun will host the second People’s Forum of this election year with Prime Minister Julia Gillard next Monday (April 22).
The forum will be held at the Burvale Hotel, in Nunawading, in the federal seat of Deakin.
Ms Gillard will take questions on education from 100 undecided voters recruited by Galaxy Research.
SKY NEWS Political Editor David Speers will moderate the one-hour event to be broadcast live on SKY NEWS National, channel 601.
David said: “The school funding reforms are the Prime Minister’s last chance to turn things around for the Government. It will be fascinating to see if Julia Gillard can convince voters to keep her in office to see these reforms put in place.”
News Limited’s Victorian managing director – editorial, Peter Blunden, welcomed the Prime Minister’s decision to front Victorian voters, following the forum with Opposition Leader Tony Abbott held this evening in Geelong.
“Education is a critical issue for all Victorian families and with the spotlight firmly on education funding, this is a timely opportunity for undecided voters to question the Prime Minister directly,” he said.
Coverage on SKY NEWS will begin at 4pm on Monday with a special edition of PM Agenda LIVE from the venue. David will be joined by the Herald Sun’s National Political Editor, Phil Hudson, Columnist Susie O’Brien, and News Limited’s Economics Editor, Jessica Irvine, to discuss key local and education issues ahead of the forum.
The Forum itself will begin at 5.30pm.
Comprehensive coverage of the event will be published across all platforms of the Herald Sun and www.skynews.com.au
This forum is the second in a series of events to come during the 2013 Election campaign.
5.30pm Monday April 22 SKY News