The event will take place at ‘Country Club Tasmania’ in Launceston on Thursday July 25, moderated by Political Editor David Speers.
SKY News and Tasmania’s Mercury newspaper invited both Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott to take questions from an audience of undecided voters for one hour separately and then to come together for a face-to-face session at the end.
Tony Abbott agreed only to the one hour of questions from the audience, not the face-to-face session. Kevin Rudd declined on the grounds he only wants to debate the Opposition Leader.
The Abbott hour will go ahead.
“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.
4pm PM Agenda
6.30pm The People’s Forum
8pm The Nation