Election candidates David Dalgleish (Katter's Australian Party), Reid Schirmer (Independent) Rob Messenger (Palmer United Party) and Leanne Donaldson (Labor) at the Hervey Bay Community Centre.
Election candidates David Dalgleish (Katter's Australian Party), Reid Schirmer (Independent) Rob Messenger (Palmer United Party) and Leanne Donaldson (Labor) at the Hervey Bay Community Centre. Robyne Cuerel

Unemployment sets tone of chat with election candidates

WITH less than a week before Australia goes to the polls, unemployment once again showed itself as the major issue for Fraser Coast voters at the latest federal election forum.

Hervey Bay Community Centre hosted its Coffee with the Candidates event on Sunday afternoon with a crowd of about 30 keen Hinkler voters.

After describing their backgrounds, the four present candidates were immediately asked how they would address unemployment and secure an economic future for Hinkler.

Stimulating growth in small business and capitalising on the Fraser Coast's demographic were common themes across the four answers.

Labor's Leanne Donaldson, PUP's Rob Messenger, KAP's David Dalgleish and Independent Reid Schirmer were the only candidates to attend the whole forum.

Greens candidate Mark Simpson apologised for his absence and LNP candidate Keith Pitt never responded to an invitation

Family First candidate Troy Sullivan arrived late after another function.

Polling booths will be open from 8am-6pm this Saturday.

Early votes can also be lodged at Australian Electoral Commission offices this week.

The Chronicle will be publishing live updates with election results on the day.

Find the latest election news here.



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