The contest for the House of Reps seat of Brisbane at this year’s federal election will almost certainly be the only one which features 3 competing candidates who each have over 10 years of experience in the federal Parliament.
Those 3 candidates are:
– Arch Bevis, who has held the seat on behalf of the Labor Party since 1990;
– Teresa Gambaro from the Liberal National Party, who held the seat of Petrie from 1996 until 2007 and
– Andrew Bartlett (on the off chance you weren’t aware, that’s me), running for the Greens. I represented Queensland in the Senate from 1997 – 2008.
One benefit of having three experienced candidates all endorsed and announced well in advance of the election is the chance for candidate forums to be organised well in advance. Trying to arrange these forums and coordinate the availability of candidates in the hectic few weeks after the election has been announced is very difficult.
The three of us are appearing on Wednesday April 28th at a Make Poverty History candidate forum organised by Oxfam. It will be go from 6.30-8.30pm, at the Gehrmann Theatre at the Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School on Gregory Terrace.
(UPDATE 16/4: This forum has now been postponed – it has been rescheduled to a date to be fixed.)