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Your guide to the Eden-Monaro by-election candidates – in their own words

Genevieve Jacobs 29 June 2020
The Eden-Monaro ballot paper

The ballot list of 14 candidates for Eden-Monaro. Photo: AEC.

How do you make up your mind when you walk into the voting booth? On Saturday, the voters of Eden-Monaro will be choosing a replacement for Labor’s Dr Mike Kelly in an election that the nation will be watching, and About Regional is giving you a unique opportunity to hear from each of the candidates.

Would-be politicians and journalists play a game of cat-and-mouse around election time: the prospective pollies have a deluge of press releases and media opportunities to offer, while the journalists are often more interested in what the voters think.

This by-election is a case in point. There’s been a steady stream of ideas from the major parties, all of whom have the capacity to issue vast amounts of content and promises. It’s not so easy for minor parties and independents and there is a real risk of diversity being swamped by the major party machines.

Our solution has been to ask you what you think.

Our community poll had a strong response, with well over 300 votes and dozens more comments on what matters most to voters from across the huge electorate. The clear winner among the issues we nominated was climate change with 125 votes but health, COVID-19 recovery and regional economic issues also polled strongly.

But like Shelly Davison, many respondents flagged issues around trust.

“Integrity. None of our politicians have any. It would be nice to see some one day,” she wrote, while Andrew Stainlay’s biggest issue was “trusting politicians”.

For others, the diversity of the electorate itself was the biggest problem.

“The area is too large. The Tumut Adelong region is overlooked. This region should be returned to Riverina,” according to Beverley Dwyer.

“The two major-party candidates reside in a village of 4000 ppl at the extreme southern point of the electorate. The first of the two who show a modicum of interest in the good folk west of the Great Divide will get my vote. Stable electricity supply, comparable NBN and general comms capacity experienced on the Coast would be a starter. We, too, experienced catastrophic bushfire carnage – take a look and show an interest. There are 110,000 additional voters outside your Southern Comfort Zone,” Michael Lindsay said.

So now it’s time to hear from the politicians themselves, in a format that’s as fair and equal as we can make it.

Last week About Regional wrote to all 14 Eden-Monaro candidates, provided them with a link to our poll and asked them to submit a video of no more than three minutes, pitching directly to voters in response to the nominated issues.

Smartphones mean the technology is available to pretty much everybody and we’ve heard back from the majority of candidates major, minor and independent.

We’ll run those videos throughout the rest of this week and aggregate them together so that you can see what the candidates sound and look like, as well as what they think the most important ideas are.

Eden-Monaro candidates speak

About Regional is giving all Eden-Monaro candidates a chance to talk directly to the voters. Liberal candidate Fiona Kotvojs says that she's running on her record of strong community engagement. Here's why she thinks you should vote for her in the by-election.

Posted by About Regional on Monday, 29 June 2020

Eden-Monaro candidates speak

All Eden-Monaro candidates have been offered space on About Regional ahead of Saturday’s by-election for a video. Here’s James Jannson from the Science Party making his pitch for your vote.

Posted by About Regional on Monday, 29 June 2020

Eden-Monaro candidates speak

Michael Balderstone is the next Eden-Monaro candidate to get his say on About Regional. Here's why the Hemp Party's prospective politician thinks you should give him your vote.

Posted by About Regional on Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Eden-Monaro candidates speak

Karen Porter is running for the New Liberals in this Saturday's Eden-Monaro by-election. The Bredbo businesswoman is the next candidate to get her say on About Regional.

Posted by About Regional on Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Eden-Monaro candidates speak

Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party candidate Matthew Stadtmiller brings regional small business and local government experience to his quest for Eden-Monaro. Here's his pitch for your vote.

Posted by About Regional on Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Eden-Monaro candidates speak

The ALP's Kristy McBain says she brings strong local government experience to bear in her campaign for Eden-Monaro. Here's why she thinks you should give her your vote on Saturday.

Posted by About Regional on Monday, 29 June 2020

Eden-Monaro candidates speak

Joy Angel is standing for the Sustainable Australia Party and says she'll bring her small business and public service experience to bear. She's asking for your vote in this weekend's Eden-Monaro by-election.

Posted by About Regional on Monday, 29 June 2020

Eden-Monaro candidates speak

Greens candidate Cathy Griff is running for Eden-Monaro on a strong sustainability platform. She tells us why you should vote for her in this Saturday's by-election.

Posted by About Regional on Monday, 29 June 2020

Eden-Monaro candidates speak

Christian Democrat candidate Narelle Storey says the Eden-Monaro by-election is a time for values to come to the fore. Here’s her pitch for your vote.

Posted by About Regional on Thursday, 2 July 2020

About Regional will cover the election on Saturday night. Our journalists across the region are asking voters what will decide the election for them, and we’ll also talk to the candidates whose preference flows are most likely to affect a close result.

What's Your Opinion?

28 Responses to Your guide to the Eden-Monaro by-election candidates – in their own words

Anne Ham Anne Ham 3:32 pm 03 Jul 20

Kristy is the standout candidate.

Vote one Kristy!

Kerrin Sheard 12:28 pm 03 Jul 20

This is a great resource. Thanks Ian Campbell. How was the order for the presentations decided please?

P.S. I an still waiting for a Labour voter who is seriously concerned about climate change and believes the science that says we must keep all fossil fuels in the ground to have any chance of staying below 2 degrees (look what happens at 1.1 which is the current degree of warming), to explain to me why they vote ALP. When BDN asked candidates if they support building new coal mines in Australia, McBain said yes!! No wonder since ALP wants those fossil fuel industry donations, just like LNP. The Labour voters I talk to consider LNP to have their heads in the sand about climate science. But I have to say, I can’t see a real difference between ignoring the science, and accepting it but not acting on its findings. Same same in the result which is pathetic targets and continued coal and gas mining. Considering that we have preferential voting and a Greens vote will flow at full value to whichever major party you put higher, wouldn’t it be wise to take the opportunity to send a loud message that you want real action on climate change? Greens have been campaigning on environment for 40 years, and their policies are by far the best to deliver the needed outcomes. Gough is dead. Menzies is deader. Time to move on from rusted party allegiance to the reality before us. Nothing ages you more than sticking to outmoded beliefs and ideas.
Kerrin

Douglas Alan Simper Douglas Alan Simper 2:54 am 03 Jul 20

Kristy is the chosen one.

Mica Mahani Mica Mahani 8:12 pm 02 Jul 20

Where is Cathy Griff?

Kerry Brown Kerry Brown 10:19 am 02 Jul 20

Wishing Kristy all the best for a massive landslide victory 😍She's the only decent candidate who truly cares for her community ❤️💕

Liam Douglas Liam Douglas 9:13 am 02 Jul 20

Kristy McBain is clearly the best option ❤️

Jackie Hansard Jackie Hansard 6:52 pm 01 Jul 20

Eden-Monaro are stupid if they don't elect Kristy Mc Bain.

Terry Rudd Terry Rudd 5:50 pm 01 Jul 20

Too late Ethol. We have voted already.

Jacqueline Johnston Jacqueline Johnston 12:46 pm 01 Jul 20

Looks like the barrier draw for a horse race😂😂😂😂

Darren Plumb Darren Plumb 12:07 pm 01 Jul 20

Vote 1 Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party

    Rhonda Stapleton Rhonda Stapleton 4:39 pm 02 Jul 20

    Darren Plumb who are they preferencing? Scomo Aloha?

    Amanda Goodall Amanda Goodall 4:40 pm 02 Jul 20

    Rhonda Stapleton for once, preferences go to Labor

    Darren Plumb Darren Plumb 7:31 pm 02 Jul 20

    Rhonda Stapleton voters do the preferences not the party

    Lyn Meehan Lyn Meehan 12:17 pm 03 Jul 20

    Darren Plumb

    Zombies follow their main party's 'How to vote' leaflets.

Ali 10:38 am 01 Jul 20

I don’t have tv so rely on the internet to find information about the candidates, indeed, about how many of them there are. I found that quite a few were hard to see more than one or two items about, and as part of the electorate that doesn’t seem to rate highly we’re often not mentioned. If you can’t think of us, or mention our issues when you want us to vote for you, chances are you won’t think of us later. I’ve attended online information zoomie things, and read groups of candidates from various areas onlind – some candidates seem to be missing in all areas. If it seems too hard for some to get information out online in covid times, and for those of us with limited access to fast internet and communications then they’re probably not for me, so you’ve sealed your deal at the bottom of my list. Of those whose views don’t seem to clash with mine, you’re in the runnning at the top end. The numbering is sorted by who is interested in listening, thinking about what we want (not what your party thinks we want) and getting back to us. We’re real, and we will judge you on your ability to show empathy, and to go in to bat for our needs.

Jeff de Jager 8:43 am 01 Jul 20

If the coalition thinks its a fair thing and is happy to smugly say there have been no cuts because indexation has been removed from the ABC’s funding, as it has been for Medicare rebates to bulk billing doctors, why haven’t they adopted the same approach for parliamentarians’ remuneration?

Ian Bingham Ian Bingham 8:19 am 01 Jul 20

And today pharmacy and retail workers have there penalty rates cut again thanks to Morrison!

    Cameron Howe Cameron Howe 12:27 pm 01 Jul 20

    Ian Bingham i hope they remember that when they vote!

    Lyn Meehan Lyn Meehan 12:15 pm 03 Jul 20

    Ian Bingham

    But they throw $1,500 at well off PART-pensioners.

    And 2/3 of casual workers on JobKEEPER get more money than when they worked.

    And some businesses worked figures to get $$$.

    Get the handouts FAIR and stop screwing low paid workers!

Bruce Mason Bruce Mason 7:28 am 01 Jul 20

Where’s Kelly 😂👍

    Kel McCabe Kel McCabe 2:57 pm 01 Jul 20

    Bruce Mason think you will find he resigned

    Bruce Mason Bruce Mason 5:46 pm 01 Jul 20

    Kel McCabe got sick of being evicted 😂👍🥂

    Kel McCabe Kel McCabe 3:37 pm 02 Jul 20

    Lyn Kelly he slinging off about Mike kelly

    Cas Willoughby Cas Willoughby 4:33 pm 02 Jul 20

    Fools don't realise without Mike Kelly there would be no $300 million new hospital.

    If you vote Liberal just hike up to Canberra to show your face!

    Bruce Mason Bruce Mason 5:49 pm 02 Jul 20

    Cas Willoughby fools just got him in last time

    Kel McCabe Kel McCabe 6:49 pm 02 Jul 20

    Cas Willoughby he is faceless

    Brian Cairns Brian Cairns 11:47 pm 02 Jul 20

    You smarmy smearing cretins should know that Kelly is a very ill man....and even so he's twice the man you pathetic lot are!! Cas got it right you are fools.... especially if you vote LNP!

    Bruce Mason Bruce Mason 5:58 pm 03 Jul 20

    Brian Cairns looks WHOs talkin

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