POLITICIANS from both major parties and the Greens will front up to members of Victoria’s LGBTI community at a town hall-style debate in the lead up to November’s state election.

The event, organised by LGBTI professional networking organisation GLOBE, will see Labor’s spokesperson on LGBTI issues Martin Foley debate government backbencher and Prahran state Liberal MP Clem Newton-Brown, and Greens upper house MP Greg Barber.

Each politician will make a pitch to the audience, followed by a general debate on audience questions MC’d by JOY 94.9 presenter Dean Beck.

“GLOBE wants to encourage stronger engagement between our community and politicians in the lead-up to the State election,” GLOBE president David Micallef (pictured above) told the Star Observer.

“This event is an opportunity to ensure our community has its voice heard.”

Whether or not they plan to attend, Micallef encouraged all members of the LGBTI community to engage directly with politicians on issues they care about as the election gets closer.

“Whether it is through our events or by contacting their local member, it is important that individuals, groups and businesses engage politically to have issues that matter to them represented,” he said.

While questions at the event will only be open to those attending on the night, Micallef told the Star Observer there were plans to make a recording of the event available to the wider LGBTI community.

With just around 100 days remaining before the November 29 election, a Herald Sun/Galaxy poll published on Monday has put Labor in the lead to win the state election at 52–48 per cent.

The GLOBE event Meet the Politicians will take place at 6pm on September 11 at Crown Metropol — tickets are $40 for GLOBE members and $50 for non-members.

For more information or to book tickets visit the event website.

(Main image: GLOBE president David Micallef. Photo: Ari Neubauer; Star Observer)


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