Federal election 2022: What issues do you want the candidates for Barker to talk about?
What will help you decide whether to vote for Liberal MP Tony Pasin or one of his challengers?
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The federal election date has been set for May 21 – what do you want the candidates to focus on between now and then?
Murray Bridge News wants to know which issues are most important to you.
Let us know by taking our two-minute survey.
Your responses will be collated into a “citizens’ agenda”, a list of the things you want the Member for Barker to accomplish during his or her next term in office.
Murray Bridge News will ask each of the candidates for their opinions about the top-ranking issues during the campaign.
You’ll also get a chance to put your questions to them in person at a candidates’ forum to be hosted by Murray Bridge News in the week or so leading up to the election – we’ll confirm a date as soon as possible.
So, what’s important to you: climate change, mental health, aged care, something else?
Take two minutes to let us know, and we’ll do your research for you.
Key dates ahead of the federal election
Now that the campaign is officially on, certain dates come into focus:
April 18: The last day you can enrol to vote, or update your enrolment, at www.aec.gov.au
April 21: The last day for election candidates to nominate at www.aec.gov.au
May 9: Early voting begins for anyone who will be unable to vote on election day
May 21: Election day
History favours our Liberal MP
Liberal MP Tony Pasin is likely to be re-elected for a fourth term as our representative in Canberra.
Barker has been held by the Liberal Party and its predecessors without interruption since its creation in 1903.
The party won 58 per cent of locals’ first-preference votes in 2019.
Still, we can hope that the issues raised in our citizens’ agenda will influence our MP’s priorities in parliament over the next three or four years.
The Labor Party has not yet named a candidate at this election, though the Greens and United Australia have chosen Meningie artist Rosa Hillam and South East businessman David Swiggs, respectively.
Murray Bridge News will bring you more information about each of the candidates over the next fortnight.
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