MORE than 140 voters packed Horsham’s Wesley Performing Arts Centre for the Mallee Rally on Monday night.
Eight of the electorate’s 12 candidates and a Greens party representative launched an eleventh-hour bid to secure Mallee votes ahead of Saturday’s election.
Labor's Lydia Senior, Liberal Chris Crewther, the Nationals' Andrew Broad, independent Allen Ridgeway, Citizens Electoral Council's Chris Lahy, Rise Up Australia's Tim Middleton, Katter's Australian Party's Vince Cirillo and United Australia Party's Mark Cory faced questions from fired-up Mallee residents.
Agricultural, road and rail issues dominated the debate.
Horsham woman Alison Hayes called for strong leadership from Mallee candidates in the final days of the election campaign.
“I don’t want the same old rhetoric,” she said.
“I want something definite rather than the same old promises.”
Family First’s Neil Buller, the Australian Sex Party’s Amy Mulcahy and Country Alliance’s Michael Coldham were not at the debate.
Greens Senate candidate Ian Christoe represented the party’s Mallee candidate, Jane MacAllister.
More to come.