WITH PRE-POLLS BEGINNING on May 9 it was a busy week of public candidate forums across the nation. After Liberal incumbent, Josh Frydenberg, controversially refused to attend the Kooyong Candidates Vote Climate Forum hosted by Lighter Footprints the upcoming debate in nearby Goldstein was in the spotlight. Both electorates are fielding community candidates that are getting some serious traction and people were keen to hear from them.
Not a resident of either but living close to both Kooyong and Goldstein I have gone to a few of the events in both electorates and was lucky enough to get a ticket to the Goldstein forum.
Organised by the Bayside Climate Crisis Action Group and moderated by Southern FM’s Craig Francis, the forum held at the Brighton town hall was a sell out with many more were wait listed hoping to attend.
As I approached the town hall there was quite a buzz in the evening air and an atmosphere akin to that of a polling booth surround me at the entrance. T-shirt clad people waved brochures as I walked the gauntlet to the entrance vying for attention as I passed, some spruiking candidates and some their causes.
Goldstein’s four main candidates – Labor’s Martyn Abbott, independent Zoe Daniel, the Greens’ Alana Galli-McRostie and Liberal incumbent Tim Wilson – presented to an engaged and largely respectful gathering of over 400 people.
Watching the Goldstein BCCAG – Bayside Climate Crisis Action Group forum now and Tim Wilson being pressed about fossil fuel donations. Claims he’s not across donations and then reverts to more smear towards Zali Steggall in Warringah (not even a candidate in Goldstein). Odd.— Anth W. 🌻🇺🇦🌏 (@anth0888) April 28, 2022
Tim Wilson now railing against the “they vote for you” website and alluding that theres an alterior agenda that they’re supporting the independents.— Anth W. 🌻🇺🇦🌏 (@anth0888) April 28, 2022
then points to Zoe.