Media release: ACTCOSS to host first live interactive public leaders forum with all three leaders for the 2020 ACT Election

28 August 2020

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) will be hosting the first leaders forum of the 2020 ACT Election next Wednesday 2 September.

The forum will be broadcast live online, enabling all Canberra’s voters to watch and participate – a first for the ACT.

ACTCOSS CEO, Dr Emma Campbell, said: “We’re just a few weeks away from the 2020 ACT Election. The voting period begins 28 September 2020 and ends on 17 October 2020. This election will determine priorities for the ACT Legislative Assembly until 2024 on issues including health, housing, planning, transport, justice and vital community services in Canberra.

“The ACTCOSS 2020 ACT Election Leaders Forum will see ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA (ACT Labor), Leader of the Opposition Alistair Coe MLA (Canberra Liberals) and ACT Greens Leader Shane Rattenbury MLA present their party’s positions, commitments and approaches on key community issues.

“This will be the first leaders forum of the 2020 ACT Election campaign and the first time that so many members of the Canberra community have had a chance to watch a head-to-head discussion involving all three leaders.

“This year has seen many challenges for Canberra, but a move to increased online communications has provided an important democratic opportunity for the 2020 ACT Election.

“To meet COVID-19 physical distancing requirements, this forum will be open for public viewing online from 1pm to 2pm on Wednesday 2 September 2020. The forum will be livestreamed on our website with Auslan interpretation. A small live audience will be invited from representative peak and community groups.

“Broadcasting this event online means that, for the first time, the ACTCOSS 2020 ACT Election Leaders Forum will be open to the whole Canberra community.

“During the event the people of Canberra can join the conversation via the stream’s live chat, or post on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtags #CBRVotes and #ACTCOSSForum2020.”

ACTCOSS 2020 ACT Election Leaders Forum

When: Wednesday 2 September 2020, 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Where: Online event

Register: Register via by 12 noon on Tuesday 1 September 2020 to receive the stream link

Cost: Free

ACTCOSS advocates for social justice in the ACT and represents not-for-profit community organisations.

For more information or comment, please contact

Dr Emma Campbell, CEO, ACTCOSS, on 0424 910 617 or 02 6202 7200.

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