LIBERAL Party candidate for Mallee Serge Petrovich has refused to answer a range of questions relating to the federal election campaign.
The Sunraysia Daily on Monday emailed a list of questions to Liberal Party headquarters to pass on to Mr Petrovich after the Melbourne-based barrister did not return phone calls. The questions were:
THERE was a rumour reported in Melbourne media the Liberals could offer a preference deal with either Labor or the Greens for the seat of Melbourne in return for vote-swapping in Mallee and Indi. Is there a possibility that deal will be done in order to gain Labor preferences in Mallee?
ARE the Liberals planning on entering any other preference deals in Mallee?
SERGE did not attend the candidates’ climate forum in Mildura last week. Is he attending the forum in Nhill (on Monday night)? Does he feel like he needs to lift his profile in the region?
CAN we expect any funding announcements for Mallee from the Liberals or any visits by the Prime Minister or other Ministers during the campaign?
AT the climate forum, Nationals’ candidate Anne Webster said she would be prepared to cross the floor on several issues. What are Serge’s thoughts about that?
A Liberal Party spokesman responded in an email late Monday saying: “Appreciate the effort you’ve gone to, to compile such questions, but Serge won’t be making comment on any of these matters. Happy to talk further in the future, however.”
Mr Petrovich did not appear at last week’s climate change forum despite being in Mildura on the night. He instead attended the launch of the Your Sunraysia magazine.
He also was absent from Monday night’s candidates’ forum in Nhill which was attended by Leigh Firman (Science Party), Carole Hart (Labor), Ray Kingston (independent), Christopher Lahy (Citizens Electoral Council), Rick Millar (United Australia Party), Cecilia Moar (independent), Jason Modica (independent) and Anne Webster (Nationals).
On Monday, Greens candidate Nicole Rowan dismissed reports of the preference swap in Melbourne in return for vote swapping in Mallee and Indi, saying her party would not entertain the notion.
A similar preference swap was rumoured before the 2013 election when Liberal candidate Chris Crewther ran against Nationals’ Andrew Broad.
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