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Rally is chance to sway voters

READY: John Washington from Horsham Bearings and Tammy McDonald, Wimmera Development Association, discussing their questions for Monday night’s Mallee Rally.

Candidates for Mallee will have a final chance to sway public opinion in the southern part of the electorate at a Mallee Rally debate in Horsham on Monday night

The debate, organised by Wimmera Press Club and Wimmera Development Association, will be at Wesley Performing Arts Centre, less than a week before the September 7 federal poll.

Victorian Farmers Federation policy adviser and former Weekly Times journalist Peter Hunt will host the event and organisers expect a large crowd.

A record 12 candidates, including 11 party representatives and an independent, will contest the vacant seat, held by long-time incumbent John Forrest who has retired.

Most of the candidates will attend the rally, the first of its kind in the Wimmera.

Organisers have called for people to email Wimmera Development Association executive director Jo Bourke at to pose questions to the candidates.

Only three members of parliament have represented Mallee since the seat’s inception in the late 1940s.

The largely agricultural electorate, which encompasses Sunraysia and Murray Valley horticultural districts, along with the dryland farming areas of the Wimmera-Mallee and cities of Mildura, Horsham and Stawell has always been a Nationals seat. In this election the Liberals are running a candidate against their Coalition partner.


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Posted on Aug 28 2013

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