Making your vote count

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Making your vote count

This year’s Federal election is one of the most critical in recent years. Not only is the result potentially close but it comes at a time when a complex interplay of issues are affecting the Australian community and economy. It is also at a time where community members are expressing their frustration and anger with political parties and their policy decisions.

In line with our voting rights comes the responsibility to be informed about the policies of parties and candidates. The Newcastle Institute is hosting a pre-election event – “Make your vote count” – to discuss the key issues which voters will need to consider in casting their vote.  Our four panellists, experts from different perspectives will critically analyse the place of Australia in the world and potential policy responses to the current challenges. Our panel of experts include:

Jane Caro AM

Jane Caro is a Walkley Award winning Australian columnist, author, novelist, broadcaster, documentary maker, feminist and social commentator. Jane is standing for the Senate at the forthcoming Federal election as a candidate for Reason Australia.

Bob Hawes

Bob Hawes commenced in the role of CEO of Business Hunter in 2017, the peak business group in the Hunter region. 

Professor Mark Kenny

Mark Kenny is Professor, Australian Studies Institute at ANU. He was a political correspondent and national affairs editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and The Canberra Times.

Cheryl Kernot

Cheryl Kernot, one of the National Trust’s 100 National Living Treasures and former leader of the Australian Democrats from 1993-1997 and the Member for Dickson and a Labor Shadow Minister from 1998-2001. 

This event provides an important opportunity to help you decide on the choices you make in this Federal election. It will explore a range of issues including equity, the economy, women’s rights, housing, climate change, trust and integrity, international relations and voter disillusionment

Making your vote count will be held on

Wednesday 13th April 2022 between 6pm – 7.30pm at

Newcastle United Sports Club, 2-12 Bryant St Adamstown NSW.

Members attend free of charge and cost of entry by way of a suggested donation of $10 for non–members. 

(Where possible; for members and non-members, please register for the event online here so that we have an idea of how numbers are looking.)

The webinar will be also presented live and free on our Facebook page and uploaded on our webpage the following day.




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