Brisbane election candidates to be grilled at Politics in the Pub forum

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The five candidates vying for your vote in the seat of Brisbane are set to appear at an election forum early next month to talk politics ahead of the federal election.

Hosted by Communify Queensland, the Politics in the Pub events are free, Q&A style debates held on a regular basis covering a wide range of contemporary issues.

The special election forum will be held on Tuesday, May 7 at the Brisbane Powerhouse and candidates for the Division of Brisbane will attend to discuss policy and answer questions from the audience on the night.

The panelists will include Liberal Member for Brisbane Trevor Evans, Labor’s Paul Newbury, Greens’ candidate Andrew Bartlett, Socialist Alliance’s Kamala Emanuel and United Australia Party candidate Aaron Whittaker.

ABC Radio Brisbane presenter Rebecca Levingston will MC the event.

Admission to the Politics in the Pub event is free, and organisers have asked those interested to register to assist with planning of the event.

Organisers have encouraged people to arrive 15 minutes prior to the event as registering will not guarantee a seat, and due to large audience numbers some patrons may be required to stand.

Register for the forum through Eventbrite here, and stay up to date at the Facebook event here.

Deadline tonight to enrol to vote

Last Thursday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the federal election would be held on May 18, with all seats in the House of Representatives and half of the seats in the Senate up for grabs.

Eligible Australians have until 8pm tonight to enrol to vote or update their details.

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) says the easiest way to enrol to vote, update your address or update your name details is online at the AEC website.

Last week, national LGBTIQ advocacy group just.equal said they had surveyed more than 2500 people last year to determine the community’s top election priorities across law reform, funded programs and government policy.

Topping the list was a ban on conversion therapy, funding to improve LGBTIQ inclusion in schools, a national LGBTIQ suicide and mental health strategy and better protections for LGBTIQ refugees.

Other top priorities for LGBTIQ people are protection from discrimination in faith-based services, including schools, and support for transgender equality.

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