FOUR of the five candidates hoping to become the next member for Albury on March 23 were grilled on issues including climate change, renewable energy and public housing in a lunchtime forum yesterday.
After a 20-minute delay due to technical issues, the ABC Goulburn-Murray forum attracted about 40 people at the Albury LibraryMuseum, and the first question posed to Liberal candidate Justin Clancy, Labor's Lauriston Muirhead, Greens' Dean Moss and 11th hour into the contest, Sustainable Australia's Ross Hamilton, was about climate change.
Keep Sydney Open candidate, Reuben McNair, was a no-show for the forum hosted by Bronwen O'Shea.
"I don't think there is a single party that denies the realities of climate change and the struggles ahead of us," Mr Hamilton said.
"The big elephant in the room is population."
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Mr Clancy said transmission and storage were key elements to the renewable energy debate.
"We are the only state with a transmission strategy and this is important because if you are going to have the renewables, you need to make sure you can access it," he said.
"This is making sure we are putting the infrastructure out to places like south-western NSW where we should have the solar plants and storage."
Mr Muirhead said Labor had committed to putting solar panels on more than one million homes across the state.
Mr Moss said the Greens wanted a renewable energy hub in the Riverina.
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