Candidates to face scrutiny

A TWEED group dedicated to encouraging independents has been saddened by the lack of independent candidates, particularly in the seat of Tweed.

“We have been putting out feelers,” said spokeswoman for Tweed Community Voice, Dr Fiona McCormick, whose group was formed prior to last year’s federal election to support independents and recommend voters choose those it considered the best.

Despite the disappointment, Dr McCormick said the group was still determined to play a role in the state election locally by monitoring what candidates had to say.

The group has joined with the Northern Rivers Social Development Council to host a Meet the Candidates for the Tweed electorate at the Tweed Heads Civic Centre next Thursday from 6pm.

The Tweed Daily News will hold another forum at the Murwillumbah Civic Centre at the same time for the Murwillumbah electorate.

Dr McCormick said the forum at Tweed Heads would give each candidate a chance to make a brief statement about their goals and poli- cies, followed by questions from the audience.

“This gives us all a chance to hear how the candidates propose to be effective representatives for our electorate in the NSW State Parliament,” said Dr McCormick.

“Labor and the Coalition have been short on policy initiatives.

“For too long now the politicians from the major parties have acted as though they are not accountable.”

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