February is typically the month we look forward to some Adelaide’s favourite events including Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Festival and Clipsal 500. What we don’t necessarily think about however, is how our State’s leader and their parties, help to shape the event landscape of our State, along with all of the other aspects of their roles. It’s certainly not something that’s top of mind for me anyway. So when I saw that ABC News will be broadcasting the official leaders’ debate of the 2014 South Australian election live, I thought it was something worth sharing. This will be, of course, the first time that both Premier Jay Weatherill and Opposition Leader Steven Marshall have gone head to head in the quest to be elected to the top spot. The debate will air live across television, online and radio.
Premier Jay Weatherill and Opposition Leader Steven Marshall will go head to head in the SA Votes Leaders Debate on Monday, 17 February, kicking off the first week of the election campaign.
The debate will air in South Australia on ABC1, ABC 891 Adelaide and ABC Local Radio; nationally on ABC News 24 and online at abc.net.au/news.
The highly respected AM presenter Chris Uhlmann will host the debate, guiding the two leaders as they field questions from a studio audience at the ABC’s Collinswood studios.
Each leader will be given a set time to speak, before the forum is thrown open to the voting audience. Audience members and questions will be selected through an online registration process to ensure political balance and a probing debate. Details on where to register will be made available on social media in the coming day.
If you’re seriously interested in the fate of our great State, maybe it’s time to tune in?
You can follow the debate on twitter #SAVOTES.