With only 3 days to go to the Cairns City Forum in City Place this Sunday, two LNP candidates have no confirmed their participation.
Of the 15 State Candidates, nine have confirmed, two have been unable to attend, and four have yet to decide.
The debate that will be chaired by Cairns Toastmasters from 2.30pm, will see a line up of candidates contesting the 24th March State election.
One Nation candidate Jim Evans has also confirmed he will make the trip down from Chillagoe to participate in the forum, bringing a total of nine candidates speaking at the first in a series of three debate events.
The only major political party who has not yet confirmed any candidates to participate is the Liberal National Party. However, organiser Angus Gasson remains hopeful.
“The invitation is still open to Gavin King, Michael Trout and David Kempton, if they would like to be a part of this important event," Angus Gasson says.
King says he can't make it to the forum as he will be having family time.
"Sunday, like every Sunday from now on, starts at 9am with a supermarket stall, followed by door-knocking from 11 to 1pm," Gavin King said. "From 4pm, I am hosting an LNP function. In between, I block out a couple of hours to spend time with my family. I have an 18-month old baby and Leah, my wife, is due to have our second child in early April."
"Election campaigns are rather hectic, so any small windows of time I can spend with my family is paramount. Sunday afternoons provide a rare moment in my week to spend time at home," Gavin King said.
Beside the North Queensland Party and One Nation, Katter’s Australia Party and the Australian Labor Party, will also be well represented.
“We especially would like to encourage young people to come along and ask questions to the candidates," Angus Gasson said. "It doesn’t matter if they are not old enough to vote, the decisions made by politicians today will affect their future tomorrow."
- CAIRNS CITY FORUM
Sunday 5th February 2012 - 2.30pm - City Place
Brendan Fitzgerald (Katter’s Australia Party) (Barron River)
Curtis Warren Pitt (ALP) (Mulgrave)
Damian Byrnes (Katter’s Australia Party) (Mulgrave)
Darren Hunt DJ (Katter’s Australia Party) (Cairns)
Jim Evans (One Nation) (Cook)
John Piva (North Qld Party) (Cairns)
Kirsten Lesina (ALP) (Cairns)
Lachlan Bensted (Katter’s Australia Party) (Cook)
Steve Wettenhall (ALP) (Barron River)
David Kempton (LNP) (Cook)
Gavin King (LNP) (Cairns)
Michael Trout (LNP) (Barron River)
Mike Squire (North Qld Party)
Jason O’Brien (ALP) (Cook)
Robyn Quick (LNP) (Mulgrave)