A little bit of everything at the Seymour meeting.By Chalpat Sonti
If you’ve been bored silly by the debates between Kevin Whatshisname and Tony Whoshisface, well you should have been at the Uniting Church hall in Seymour last Wednesday night.
Because the 40 or so people who came to hear the six out of nine candidates for the seat of McEwen state their case for your vote got a bit of everything on an entertaining night — the usual rhetoric, some straight answers, a pinch of controversy and an education from the crowd.
They might even have been able to make up their mind as to who to vote for.
The Seymour We Want forum saw the candidates in the accompanying picture get three minutes to fire an opening salvo, then face 15 questions from the crowd, before getting a couple of minutes to sum up.
Questions ranged from everything from climate change to superannuation, asylum seekers to health, the Cherry Tree wind farm to Seymour College’s assembly hall, euthanasia to the Budget deficit and even the finer points of the Constitution, in which those in attendance, including the would-be parliamentarians, were educated by a questioner from Pyalong.
And there was a reminder of the bigger picture when Alice Solomon asked each candidate what their dream was for Australia.
Not surprisingly virtually all opted for a prosperous, safer nation, with their own little spin thrown in.
The session was also well moderated by Seymour Business and Tourism president John Keeffe, who kept on top of both questioners and candidates and pointed out the undisclosed vested interests of the former where necessary.
A notable absentee was Liberal candidate Donna Petrovich who instead attended a meeting in Wallan about an issue there.
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Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Students from St Mary's College were presented with awards for academic and sporting achievement and leadership.
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