Election Watch hosts 'Victoria Decides: The inside story on Victoria 2014'

November 14 / 149

The 'Victoria Decides' panel.
The 'Victoria Decides' panel.

Some of the key campaign issues in the lead up to Saturday’s state election were debated at a public forum hosted by Election Watch. 

‘Victoria Decides: The inside story on Victoria 2014’, held at the Melbourne School of Design, featured a panel of political journalists, analysts, commentators and strategists.

The panelists were Brendan Donohoe (Channel 7 News), James Campbell (Herald Sun), Josh Gordon, (The Age), Gay Alcorn (The Guardian Australia), Ian Hanke (Strategic Advisor and former Liberal advisor), and Sean Kelly (Political commentator and former press secretary for Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard).

The moderators, Public Policy Fellow Nicholas Reece and Media and Politics lecturer Dr Andrea Carson ensured that the large audience and many people following the discussion on twitter were included in the debate.

The panel looked at the issues, rated the campaigns and leaders, discussed the influence of minor parties and gave their thoughts on who will win and what that will mean for Victoria.

Election Watch is a University initiative that provides analysis and independent commentary on the Victorian election campaign, from political scientists and public policy experts to specialists in health, education and urban planning. 

Election Watch Editor Sarah Millar said the panel had a great rapport and offered a number of insights into modern day campaigning and political strategy.

“Election Watch was really excited to bring together so much political experience on to the one panel and the forum was a great success,” she said.

“It was a great turnout, both in the theatre and watching the livestream on the Election Watch website, and we’re pleased to have been able to put on such an informative and engaging event.”

For more insight into the state election, visit Election Watch or on follow the Twitter account .

Read Master of Journalism student Scott Tibballs’ report on the forum on the Centre for Advancing Journalism publication The Citizen

The video of ‘Victoria Decides: The inside story on Victoria 2014’ can be viewed here.

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