ABC Radio – Debate for the seat of Mt Gambier

Fracking, forests and family: Pegler, Bell and Baseley debate for seat of Mt Gambier

By Kate Hill

With just over two weeks left til the state election, candidates for the seat of Mount Gambier have answered your questions in an on-air debate at ABC South East’s studio.

Independent member Don Pegler, Liberals candidate Troy Bell and John Baseley for the Greens were queried on issues of unconventional gas exploration, mental health and whether any candidates had been involved in ‘dirty campaign tactics’.

Also up for discussion were the sale of forest rights, funding for the South East drainage board, Limestone Coast tourism and marine parks.

ABC South East presenter Stuart Stanfield said the nearly hour-long debate was civil and candidates had all had equal opportunity to have their say.

“In 55 minutes of airtime, we were able to field 9 questions from listeners about key issues,” he said.

“This is the only forum where the candidates are able to answer those concerns.”

There was even a surprise for incumbent member Pegler.

“Don learnt for the first time that the Green’s preferences were coming to him,” said Mr Stansfield.

Family First candidate Peter Heaven was not part of the debate due to work commitments and Labor candidate Jim Maher was a last minute withdrawal due to health reasons.

Click here to listen to Part 1 of the audio debate

Click here to listen to Part 2 of the audio debate