Saturday's election is creeping ever closer after a five week campaign that seems much longer to many.
Claims and counter claims have been flying thick and fast but how have the candidates shaped up? Here they give their final thoughts but first a rundown on the seat of Hume.
Hume: A SNAPSHOT
(Courtesy of aec.gov.au)
- Name and boundary last gazetted on February 25 in 2016.
- First election in Hume was in 1901 (federal).
- Named in honour of Hamilton Hume (1797-1873), an explorer of south-eastern Australia and part of the first expedition to travel overland from Sydney to Port Phillip and part of the first European expedition to discover the Darling River.
- Area is 17,240 square kilometres.
- Includes the entire councils of Boorowa, Goulburn Mulwaree and Upper Lachlan and parts of Camden Council, Liverpool City Council, Wingecarribee Shire Council and Wollondilly Shire Council. (This description reflects local government areas in existence in 2015.)
- Towns include Appin, Boorowa, Bundanoon, Camden Park, Colo Vale, Crookwell, Exeter, Goulburn, Gunning, Hill Top, Marulan, Menangle, Meryla, Oak Dale, Penrose, Taralga, Werai (part), Wingello (part) and Yerrinbool (part).
- There are 116,469 eligible voters.
The following candidates appear in order of ballot draw.
Aoife Champion - Labor Party
Aoife Champion says overwhelmingly people are talking to her about climate change and school funding.
The government lawyer also stood at the 2016 federal election in Hume.
Climate change concerns were pronounced in the northern part of the electorate than in Goulburn.
She said she considered climate change as "urgent and pressing" but more of a second order issue to cost of living.
"But they've also been talking to me about integrity issues and their annoyance about multinational tax avoidance," Ms Champion said.
"We are funding our education and hospital infrastructure and cancer treatment plan by closing the tax loopholes and people think that is fair."
Ms Champion said she was receiving a positive vibe on pre-poll. While traditionally a conservative seat she believed there was an appetite for change.
Lynda Abdo - United Australia Party
Ms Abdo, from Queensland, acknowledged the campaign had been challenging because people didn't know her as a person.
"It's hard to vote for someone you don't know," she said.
But she's been trying to rectify that with campaigning in the Wollondilly end of the elctorate and around Goulburn.
People's issues ranged from road transport and quality of living.
"They don't feel there's been much change in Goulburn and Camden and there can be improvements," Ms Abdo said.
She believed under-funding of hospitals and schools were major issues and the rising cost of living was making it difficult for people.
But as to what she would do about it, she urged voters to read leader Clive Palmer's policies on the United Australia Party website.
The Liberal Party is preferencing the UAP first and Ms Abdo has given Angus Taylor her preference, in line with a preference deal between the parties.
Tanya Hargraves - Fraser Anning Conservative National Party
Tanya Hargraves decided to join the newly formed Fraser Anning Conservative National Party after taking on a major bank in court and winning.
She said she felt passionately about the banks' treatment of farmers and small business and fully supported the recent Royal Commission.
She said she'd received postive feedback about the party's policies which called for a national sovereign bank to fund vital infrastructure.
Her party also wants immigration levels cut, arguing current infrastructure won't support the numbers.
The Boorowa woman also told a recent Politics in the Pub forum that the human contribution to climate change was "over-estimated."
"I think there are a lot of climate change skeptics out there and they're not sure about renewable energy is the right way. They think Labor's plan will be costly," she said.
Ms Hargraves says people are disillusioned with the two major parties.
Angus Taylor - Liberal Party
Angus Taylor said his campaign had been busy and challenging and there was a great deal at stake in this election.
"The campaign hasn't been perfect, a good example being the post on my Facebook account that went viral, and was even reported internationally. Like everybody else, I can see the funny side of it," he said.
"But I've really enjoyed the opportunity to speak to voters and explain how the Liberals have a plan to secure our future and guarantee the essential services that Australians rely on."
On pre-poll, he said voters had constantly told him they wanted to keep Bill Shorten out of The Lodge and feared Labor would weaken the economy and greatly impact regional areas like Goulburn.
While people were concerned about climate change - "and rightly should be" - Mr Taylor said people were telling him they wanted a sensible approach that wouldn't impact the economy, slash jobs and cost wages."
"I am privileged to have served the electorate of Hume for almost six years. We have had some outstanding successes in that time," he said.
"I hope that the good people of Hume re-elect me on Saturday because I am committed to continuing to deliver great outcomes for our great region."
David Powell - The Greens
The Greens candidate for Hume in the federal election is David Powell.
Mr Powell said he has been motivated to run as a candidate because of the government's failure to act on climate change.
"Inaction on climate change shows the major parties care less about future generations and biodiversity than about their own corporate donations," he said.
"Meanwhile, farmers on the front line, especially in Hume, are suffering from the impacts of drought." He said this is 'the climate change election.'
"Climate change has been pushed into the background in Australia in comparison to a lot of countries.
"But the groundswell is that the science is in and it is real, so many are realising we should be doing something about it - that it is becoming more urgent to act." He said the country was ready for change.
"Australian people are ready for a change. We need to address government idleness on climate change and no party is more committed to this than the Greens," he said.
Huw Kingston - Independent
Independent candidate Huw Kingston, from Bundanoon, said he was spurred to stand for Hume following frustration with the political process and the toppling of Malcolm Turnbull last August.
But inaction on climate change was also a major motivating factor.
He said this was the subject voters had been speaking to him about during the campaign, along with water, development and transport.
"I've had a very positive response because I'm not aligned with a major party. I've strongly taken on climate change, regional development and transport," he said.
The 55-year-old adventurer and travel writer said it would be a massive upset if he toppled Angus Taylor.
"Win or lose, it's evident to me that he's been challenged in 2019 in a way he wasn't in 2013 and 2016," he said.
"We've come to change the conversation and have put up an incredible grassroots campaign."
Mr Kingston said the experience had been an "amazing journey" in which he had learnt a great deal.
Ian Nebauer - Christian Democrats
What to tell you of Ian Nebauer, the mystery man of the 2019 federal election in Hume? Very little, as the Christian Democratic Party (aka the Fred Nile Group) has had very little to say about many of its candidates, including Mr Nebauer, only that each is a "friend" of the organisation who is willing to contest the seat as a means to raise the party's profile.
The party has policies (listed online) regarding law and order, economy, education, environment, social security, housing, labeling (all packaged products and appropriate health disclosures), employment, health, immigration, defence, infrastructure, marriage, family and gender, gambling, tourism, and transport; but has not presented nor accepted any opportunities to discuss those policies.
Its 14 principles spring from 'Judeo-Christian values and ethics'. The aim of the CDP 'is to promote and advance a Christian Commonwealth to improve the common good by endorsing responsible, long-term goals, not short-term gain.'
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