GREENS candidate for Bendigo Lachlan Slade says it is disappointing that the candidates from the two major parties will not take part in a debate on asylum seekers on Tuesday night.
Candidates will have their say on refugee policy at Bendigo’s St Paul’s Cathedral from 7pm.
Labor candidate Lisa Chesters said she had already agreed to attend a community event.
“People in Bendigo are aware of my position, which is I support on-shore processing and meeting Australia’s obligations under the UN Refugee Convention,” she said.
Liberal candidate Greg Bickley said he also had a full book of commitments this week.
“The fact it’s hosted by the Greens means it’s purely political and I won’t be attending,” he said.
Mr Slade said the remaining candidates would have a chance to state their position on refugee policy, and would then have a minute after every candidate had spoken for questions and rebuttal.
The last hour will be open for questions from the audience.
Mr Slade said a diverse range of views would be on show. “It’s quite possible it will get heated,” he said.
“We will have people from all ends of the political spectrum, from the moderate left to the extreme right.”
Mr Slade encouraged members of the public to attend.
“It’ll be a good opportunity for all candidates, especially ones from the smaller parties, to address the public about a very important issue.”