Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott have agreed to a public forum this Wednesday night in a forum organised by 'unbiased' newspaper - The Daily Telegraph.
To again be hosted by SKY News Political Editor David Speers it will air exclusively on SKY News.
The town hall-style public forum will take place at Rooty Hill RSL in Western Sydney and will air live Wednesday, August 11 at 6:00pm AEST. 200 undecided voters chosen by the Galaxy polling company will question the leaders separately on their policies.
Speers said, “Modern election campaigns have been criticised for being too controlled. We’re bringing back some old fashioned face-to-face campaigning to give voters a good look at the real Julia Gillard and real Tony Abbott.”
The agreement to the forum follows widespread criticism that the first Leaders’ Debate lacked any passion, and an offer of another Debate from the Seven Network, which was declined by Abbott.
Sky News reaches 34% of Australian households - with the pay tv news service now up against the free to air 24 hour new channel "24" recently launch on digital by the ABC.
Interestingly - this forum is being called a "leaders" debate, yet they have only offered up the two larger parties - not giving the chance for other significant political parties, like the Greens to participate.
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