LNP candidate Chris Bonanno, One Nation candidate Christine Keys, The Greens candidate Imogen Lindenberg and incumbent Labor MP Julieanne Gilbert at the ballot draw.
LNP candidate Chris Bonanno, One Nation candidate Christine Keys, The Greens candidate Imogen Lindenberg and incumbent Labor MP Julieanne Gilbert at the ballot draw.

From the Editor’s Desk: Mackay, Whitsunday election debates

Dear readers,

We are being bombarded with political messaging.

From social media posts to billboards, corflute signs and television ads – there is a lot going on at the moment.

The Daily Mercury understands that – so to cut through the noise, we are offering you a chance to hear it straight from the people chasing your vote.

The Mercury is bringing you two local debates tomorrow.

Sky News host Peter Gleeson will moderate a special debate in the key marginal seat of Whitsunday at noon on Thursday, October 15.

The debate will be live on the website, all you need to do is visit dailymercury.com.au and click on the election debate story which will dominate our home page.

Another debate for the seat of Mackay will be available to watch from our home page from 6pm.

Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert with Chris Bonanno (LNP), Christine Keys (ONP), Julie Saunders (IMOP), Shaun Krstic (Legalise Cannabis) and Imogen Lindenberg (Greens).
Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert with Chris Bonanno (LNP), Christine Keys (ONP), Julie Saunders (IMOP), Shaun Krstic (Legalise Cannabis) and Imogen Lindenberg (Greens).

The debate will start at 6.30pm.

This livestreaming debate will provide Queenslanders with the opportunity to hear candidates’ one-minute pitch and provide a forum where we will ask real questions submitted by our readers, giving candidates the opportunity to share what matters most to them in the lead up to election day.

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The Mercury and Courier-Mail have partnered with Sky News and News Queensland’s extensive network of regional titles to deliver the most comprehensive election coverage across the state.

This ensures Queenslanders make an informed decision based on facts when they head to the polls on October 31.

Got a question you want answered? Email rae.wilson@news.com.au

Whitsunday candidates: (Top) Amanda Camm (LNP), Jason Costigan (NQFirst). (Right) Angie Kelly (ALP). (Bottom) Deb Lawson (ONP) and Ciaron Paterson (KAP).
Whitsunday candidates: (Top) Amanda Camm (LNP), Jason Costigan (NQFirst). (Right) Angie Kelly (ALP). (Bottom) Deb Lawson (ONP) and Ciaron Paterson (KAP).

Here’s some of the most-read local stories on the state election so far:

Queensland election: Flood-plagued road needs urgent fix

The $25 million upgrade of a notorious stretch of road is the number one project Whitsunday voters want our state political hopefuls to deliver.

The Daily Mercury recently ran a poll asking our readers to have a say on the top projects and initiatives they wanted our politicians to secure for their region.

How candidates plan to tackle Northern Beaches congestion

Plans to duplicate Mackay-Bucasia Rd in the growing Northern Beaches community will be drawn up if Labor wins the October election.

The party’s Whitsunday candidate Angie Kelly has pledged $750,000 to plan and build a business case for a series of upgrades including duplicating the road between Bucasia and the Rural View roundabout.

Candidates detail plans to prop up small business

Thirteen regional candidates vying for your vote have detailed their plans to prop up small business and their stance on axing payroll tax.

Speaking at the Mackay Region Chamber of Commerce event, the Mackay, Mirani and Whitsunday candidates shared their vision for the businesses.

Whitsunday candidates in schools battle

Schools and education policies are emerging as key battleground issues in the seat of Whitsunday, with several candidates putting forward their pitches and promises this week.

Labor candidate for Whitsunday Angie Kelly – who was a standout performer at Tuesday’s Mackay education election forum – has pledged $1 million worth of upgrades across two Northern Beaches schools.

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With the Queensland election just three weeks away, the Daily Mercury is committed to providing our readers with the most comprehensive coverage of the state poll.

Our readership covers four electorates: Mackay, Whitsunday, Isaac and Burdekin.


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