David Speers will host this event at the Geelong RSL Live with questions from undecided voters chosen by Galaxy Research from the Corangamite electorate.
“The great thing about these forums is their unpredictability. Issues can come up that aren’t on the radar and so we can see a political leader taken out of their comfort zone. It’s also much harder for a politician to brush off a question when it’s coming from a legitimately concerned voter standing right in front of them,” said Speers.
Julia Gillard has been invited to take part in a second forum.
Geelong is a city and region in transformation with traditional manufacturing under pressure while industries like education are on the rise.
The region is home to the nation’s most marginal seat, Corangamite, which includes the southern suburbs of Geelong, the Surf Coast and stretches inland to Colac. It will be a key battleground in the Federal election.
News Limited’s Victorian Managing Director – Editorial, Peter Blunden, said: “Both the Herald Sun and Geelong Advertiser are committed to giving readers the best access to both parties in the lead up to the September poll. Not only will some of Geelong’s undecided voters get to ask the Liberal leader their burning questions, all Victorians will get the chance to watch the event unfold live. And over the next week, our combined readers – numbering more than two million Victorians –will have the opportunity to contribute their ideas on the biggest issues facing our state.”
Before the forum, David will anchor PM Agenda Live from the venue at 4pm. Joining him on the panel will be Geelong
Advertiser Political Reporter Cameron Best and Herald Sun National Political Editor Phil Hudson to discuss the key issues for the area ahead of the forum.
Following the forum, David will appear on Paul Murray Live from 9pm to discuss the issues raised and Mr Abbott’s
Comprehensive coverage of the event will be published across all platforms of the Herald Sun, Geelong Advertiser and
www.skynews.com.au on Friday April 19.
This forum is the first in a series of events to come during the 2013 Election campaign.
7.30pm on Thursday April 18 SKY News National, channel 601.