Candidate Debates

Attention all farmers – mark these dates in your calendar! This is your chance to question the candidates in your electorate (Labor, Greens, Liberal, National, independents and minor parties) on their ability to deliver for agriculture.

Bellarine 7pm Monday 8 October | Mannerim Fire Station

Polwarth 7pm Wednesday 24 October |Colac Mid City Motor Inn

Bass 7pm Tuesday 30 October | Grantville Hall

Ripon 7pm Wednesday 31 October | Ararat RSL

Mildura 7pm Thursday 1 November | Ouyen Football Club

Shepparton – 7pm Wednesday 7 November | GV Hotel

Ovens Valley – 7.30pm Thursday 8 November | Wangaratta CWA Hall

Ag Leaders Forum – 12pm Monday 12 November | Rydges Melbourne

Morwell – 7pm Tuesday 13 November | The Morwell Club

Euroa – Tuesday 20 November | Senior Citizens Centre, Benalla

 

Want to get useful and informative answers out of candidates?

Read our tips on how to ask a good question at a candidate debate.

 

Euroa Candidate Debate | Benalla

Come and meet the Euroa candidates, hear them debate important agricultural and rural community issues, and ask them to deliver for agriculture in the coming election.

The Euroa candidates invited to the forum are:

  • Keppel Cassidy, Greens
  • Fionna Deppeler-Morton, Labor
  • Don Firth, Independent
  • Steph Ryan, Nationals

When: Tuesday 20 November, 6.30pm for 7pm start

Where: Senior Citizens Centre, 18 Fawckner Drive, Benalla

Cost: FREE for VFF members and non-members

Register your interest with VFF Member Services on 1300 882 833. For more information, call Paula Fitzgerald, Election Campaign Manager, on 0418 160 943.

Download flyer here: Euroa Candidate Debate

Past Events

Bellarine Candidate Debate | Drysdale

Bellarine Candidate debate

Come and meet your local candidates and hear what they have to say on important issues affecting agriculture and the rural community on the Bellarine Peninsula.

The Bellarine candidates invited to the forum are:

  • The Hon. Lisa Neville MLA, Member for Bellarine, Minister for Police and Minister for Water, Labor
  • Brian McKiterick, Liberal candidate
  • Rachel Semmens, Greens candidate

When: Monday 8 October, 6.30 arrival for a 7pm start

Where: Mannerim Fire Station, 40 Banks Road, Dysdale

Cost: FREE for VFF members and non-members

For more information, please contact Fiona Conroy, VFF Bellarine Branch Secretary by calling 0407 345 718 or emailing nicon@pipeline.com.au

Download flyer here: Bellarine Election Candidate Debate 08.10.2018

 Polwarth Candidate Debate | Colac

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Come and meet the candidates and hear what they have to say on important issues affecting agriculture and the rural community in Polwarth.

The Polwarth candidates invited to the forum are:

  • Courtney Gardner, Greens (Lower House, seat of Polworth)
  • Damien Pitts, Animal Justice Party (Lower House, seat of Polworth)
  • Doug Johnston, Labor (Lower House, seat of Polworth)
  • Richard Riordan, Liberal (Lower House, seat of Polworth)
  • Bev McArthur, Liberal (Upper House, Western Region)

Date: Wednesday 24 October, 7pm for dinner and 8pm start for debate

Where: Colac Mid City Motor Inn, 289 Murray St, Colac

Cost: The election forum is FREE for VFF members and non-members. Dinner is at own expense, and half price for VFF members.

To RSVP, please contact Peter Delahunty (0418 102 817, alvie.delahunty@bigpond.com) or Shannon Notter (0477 197 970, shannonnotter@hotmail.com)

Download flyer here: Colac Candidate Debate

Bass Coast Candidate Debate | Grantville

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Come and meet the Bass Coast candidates, hear them debate important agricultural and rural community issues, and ask them to deliver for agriculture in the coming election.

The Bass Coast candidates invited to the forum are:

  • David Arnault, Greens
  • Ronnie Bauer, Independent
  • Jordan Crugnale, Labor 
  • Clare Le Serve, Independent
  • Brian Paynter, Liberal 

When: Tuesday 30 October, 6.30 arrival for a 7pm start

Where: Grantville Hall, 1470 Bass Hwy, Grantville

Cost: FREE for VFF members and non-members

For more information, please contact Fay Tuchtan, VFF Bass Coast Branch Secretary by call 0411 732 987 or emailing fmt@dcsi.net.au

Download flyer here: Bass Coast Candidate Debate

Ripon Candidate Debate | Ararat

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How are the Ripon candidates planning to spend their time in parliament if elected, and will they deliver for agriculture? Come along to hear the answers to these and other important questions.

The Ripon candidates invited to the forum are:

  • Sarah de Santis, Labor
  • Anna Hills, Animal Justice
  • Peter Mulcahy, Democratic Labour
  • Serge Simic, Greens
  • Louise Staley, Liberal (Current Member)

When: Wednesday 31 October, 6.30pm arrival for a 7pm start

Where: Ararat RSL, 74-76 High Street, Ararat

Cost: FREE for VFF members and non-members

RSVP with VFF Member Services on 1300 882 833. For more information, call Paula Fitzgerald, Election Campaign Manager, on 0418 160 943.

Download flyer here: Ripon Candidate Debate

Mildura Candidate Debate | Ouyen

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Make an informed vote by joining us at the Mildura Candidate Debate to hear how the candidates plan to deliver for agriculture and serve the people of Mildura if elected.

The Mildura candidates invited to the forum are:

  • Tony Alessi, Labor
  • Peter Crisp, Nationals (Current Member)
  • Ali Cupper, Independent
  • Cathryn Milne, Greens
  • Steve Timmis, Independent

When: Thursday 1 November, 6pm sausage sizzle and 7pm candidate debate

Where: Ouyen Football Club, 6 Calder Highway, Ouyen

Cost: FREE for VFF members and non-members

RSVP with VFF Member Services on 1300 882 833. For more information, call Paula Fitzgerald, Election Campaign Manager, on 0418 160 943.

Download flyer here: Mildura Candidate Debate

Shepparton Candidate Debate | Shepparton

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Come and meet the Shepparton candidates, hear them debate important agricultural and rural community issues, and ask them to deliver for agriculture in the coming election.

The Shepparton candidates invited to the forum are:

  • Nickee Freeman, Greens
  • Cheryl Hammer, Liberal
  • Bill Heath, Labor
  • Peter Schwarz, Nationals
  • Suzanna Sheed, Independent (Current Member)

When: Wednesday 7 November, 6.30pm for a 7pm start

Where: GV Hotel, 223 High Street, Shepparton

Cost: FREE for VFF members and non-members

RSVP with VFF Member Services on 1300 882 833. For more information, call Paula Fitzgerald, Election Campaign Manager, on 0418 160 943.

Download flyer here: Shepparton Candidate Debate

Ovens Valley Candidate Debate | Wangaratta

Ovens Valley Candidates

Come and meet the Ovens Valley candidates and hear what they have to say on important issues affecting agriculture and the rural community in your area.

The Ovens Valley candidates invited to the forum are:

  • Tammy Atkins, Independent
  • Kate Doyle, Labor
  • Julian Fidge, Australian Country Party
  • Tim McCurdy, Nationals

When: Thursday 8 November, 7.30pm start

Where: CWA Hall, Templeton St, Wangaratta 

Cost: FREE for VFF members and non-members

RSVP with Greg Mirabella, VFF Wangaratta & District Branch Secretary on 0407 372 445. For more information, call Paula Fitzgerald, Election Campaign Manager, on 0418 160 943.

Download flyer here: Ovens Valley Candidate Debate

Agriculture Leaders Forum | Melbourne

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Join us to hear agriculture leaders the Hon. Jaala Pulford and the Hon. Peter Walsh discuss their vision and how they will deliver for agriculture. Lunch will be provided.

The candidates invited to the forum are:

  • The Hon. Jaala Pulford, MLA – Member for the Western Region
  • The Hon. Peter Walsh, MLC – Member for Murray Plains

When: Monday 12 November, 12pm start

Where: Locanda Private Dining, Rydges, 186 Exhibition St, Melbourne

Cost: Free

RSVP to 2018election@vff.org.au. For more information, call Paula Fitzgerald, Election Campaign Manager, on 0418 160 943.

Download flyer here: Agriculture Leaders Forum

Morwell Candidate Debate | Morwell

How are the Morwell candidates planning to spend their time in parliament if elected, and will they deliver for agriculture? Come along to hear the answers to these and other important questions.

The Morwell candidates invited to the forum are:

  • Sheridan Bond, Nationals
  • Dan Caffrey, Greens
  • Dale Harriman, Liberal
  • Ricky Muir, Shooters, Fishers and Farmers
  • Russell Northe, Independent (Current Member)
  • Mark Richards, Labor

When: Tuesday 13 November, 6.30pm for a 7pm start

Where: The Morwell Club, 136 Helen Street, Morwell

Cost: FREE for VFF members and non-members

RSVP with VFF Member Services on 1300 882 833. For more information, call Paula Fitzgerald, Election Campaign Manager, on 0418 160 943.

Download flyer here: Morwell Candidate Debate