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Candidates go head to head

REFUGEES, marriage equality, penalty rates, internet access and government spending were some of the issues raised at last Wednesday night’s forum for McMillan candidates in Fish Creek, ahead of the federal election this Saturday, July 2.
Run by the Corner Inlet Justice Group, four of the eight candidates attended: Donna Lancaster, The Greens; Jim McDonald, Liberal Democrats; Chris Buckingham, Labor; and incumbent member, Russell Broadbent, Liberal.
Mr Buckingham said, “We need to put people first. We need to create sustainable jobs and be more generous with one another to make the community stronger.”
Mr McDonald wants a balanced budget, public debt reduced and authorities moderated.
“The arrogance of our politicians has never been higher. Many people are disgusted at the current attitudes of our political class,” he said.
Ms Lancaster said a vote for The Greens was not wasted.
“A vote for The Greens is a vote for a third voice, not just the yes/no voice,” she said.
When asked about marriage equality, three of the four candidates said they would vote to change the marriage act in the proposed plebiscite, in support of same sex marriage.
Mr Broadbent would vote against any changes to the marriage act, as he believed marriage was between a man and a woman.
“I think we all need to take a step back and be a little bit more accepting of difference,” Mr Buckingham said.
On the subject of refugees, Mr McDonald said the two major parties had “dropped the ball”.
“The Liberal Democrats propose an open border solution. Refugees will not be allowed to collect welfare or vote for 10 years,” he said.
“It is a much better solution than locking people up.”
Ms Lancaster said genuine refugees should be brought to Australia.
“We need to shut down the Manus and Nauru detention centres and speed up processing. We want to help,” she said.
All four candidates said NBN was a priority for their parties and would like to see it delivered to McMillan as soon as possible.

Talk fest: the Corner inlet Justice Group organised a candidate forum last Wednesday in Fish Creek. In attendance were from left, Donna Lancaster, The Greens; Jim McDonald, Liberal Democrats; MC Peter Philp; Chris Buckingham, Labor; incumbent member, Russell Broadbent, Liberal; and Garry Eastman from the Corner Inlet Justice Group.

Talk fest: the Corner inlet Justice Group organised a candidate forum last Wednesday in Fish Creek. In attendance were from left, Donna Lancaster, The Greens; Jim McDonald, Liberal Democrats; MC Peter Philp; Chris Buckingham, Labor; incumbent member, Russell Broadbent, Liberal; and Garry Eastman from the Corner Inlet Justice Group.

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