Fairfax Tasmania's Premier Debate questions flowing in

The health of the Tamar River, energy costs and food security are some of the questions expected to be asked at Fairfax Tasmania’s exclusive Premier Debate.

The Examiner and The Advocate are hosting two debates, in Burnie and Launceston, with the two would-be premiers – Will Hodgman and Rebecca White.

Members of the public have been sending in questions for the past week, and there are just two days left to submit questions and register to attend the North-West debate, and about a week until the Northern event.

Examiner editor Courtney Greisbach said questions from readers so far had covered a variety of topics that affected Bass, Lyons and Braddon.

“It's been great to see the community engage in this debate, with readers sending in questions that cover a range of issues, which indicate what some of the election issues are for them and our community,” she said.

Some of the questions asked so far included:

  • “What are both major political parties intentions in regard to upgrading Launceston's archaic and totally inadequate sewage infrastructure and what also are their intentions in regard to reversing the environmental disaster existing in the upper reaches of the Tamar River?”
  • “Why should young people, many of which would be first time voters, vote for your party at this election?”
  • “How much tourism is too much? We are seeing disruption by way of cruise ships in our pristine East Coast waters, big increases in scenic flights by loud small aircrafts and helicopters travelling across built-up city areas, encroachment into national parks, and Airbnb reducing rental accommodation. Should we have public consultation into where Tasmanians want tourism to go?”
  • “What are your plans for the Mersey Community Hospital?”

The Premier Debate will be held in Burnie on February 13, and Launceston on February 20. 

“While we want more questions, we would also like to see as many people as possible at the debate to hear the answers,” Ms Greisbach said.

The Examiner is teaming up with the Launceston Chamber of Commerce and The Advocate with the Burnie Chamber of Commerce to host the debates.

Ms Greisbach will moderate the Launceston debate and and The Advocate editor Luke Sayer will moderate the Burnie debate.

To register for the Launceston event, go to the Launceston Chamber of Commerce website, and to register for the Burnie event, go to the Burnie Chamber of Commerce website. To submit a question, visit examiner.com.au.