Canning by-election candidates to face public

SENIORS will get the chance to grill Canning by-election candidates this month.

The over 50s lobby National Seniors Australia will host the election forum at Mandurah Netball Courts hall on Monday, September 14, from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

About 47 per cent of voters in the poll will be 50 and over, with Mandurah having the highest proportion of voters aged 65 and over in the State.

National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill said WA’s seniors would get the chance to ask the hard questions of the major parties, including their approach to an ageing Australia.

“There is a degree of anger in the electorate, particularly after the changes to the part pension announced in this year’s Federal budget,” he said.

“Other issues likely to be raised include mature age unemployment, aged care and cost of living.

“All eyes are on Canning right now – and it will be interesting to see if there will be a swing in what is a traditionally conservative seat.”

At the forum, candidates will take questions from the floor.

Labor candidate Matt Keogh and Liberal candidate Andrew Hastie have confirmed attendance. Greens candidate Vanessa Rauland and Palmer United Party candidate Vimal Sharma are also likely to attend.

To reserve a seat, visit c.seaniger@nationalseniors.com.au or call 07 3233 9135.