Candidates address forum

Calare candidate forum: Independent Kate Hook not ready to align with a major party

Calare's federal election candidates have stated which of the major parties they would side with to form government if elected.

At a Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association (CPSA) forum in Orange on Thursday, May 5 four of the electorates six candidates were asked to share where their alliances would lie.

Kay Nankervis, the candidate for The Greens, was quick to put her support behind Labor, while Stacey Whittaker (One Nation) and Adam Jannis (United Australia Party) said they leaned more towards the Coalition.

"Our job, it's not who we are going to work with, it's getting in there and holding their feet to the fire. The fact is, we're representing the views of the people who elected us," Mr Jannis added.

CANDIDATES: Adam Jannis, Kay Nankervis and Kate Hook all spoke at the Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association (CPSA) forum.

CANDIDATES: Adam Jannis, Kay Nankervis and Kate Hook all spoke at the Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association (CPSA) forum.

Kate Hook, however, the lone independent in the field, declined to name which party she would side with, saying in depth consultation would be needed.

"You can't responsibly just make the decision right now as you're standing here. It requires in depth consultation about policy areas with those in government to make that decision," she said.

"But, I can tell you that ultimately it would be around which set of policies are aligned most closely with those that have been developed over 18 months of consultation with me from the community. Also, what I've learned from talking to former independents is that there is no deal that must be done. You can give your intention, you can put it in writing, but it is an ongoing conversation that you're having with whichever side."

The Calare candidates are Andrew Gee (National), Kate Hook (Independent), Kay Nankervis (Greens), Stacey Whittaker (One Nation), Adam Jannis (UAP) and Sarah Elliott (Labor).

On the final day of nominations, Labor announced Lithgow midwife Sarah Elliott would be their representative, while the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers decided against running a candidate.

NSW state director at SFF Tim Basily said it was "disappointing" not to be able to put forward a Calare representative for the election.

"We didn't find a candidate that we were happy to endorse or that we were comfortable to represent the area," he said.

"It was definitely something that we had initially planned for and would have liked to have given it a go, but it just didn't work out this time. It's definitely something we'll consider next time around."

Asked if he thought not having anyone in this race would give them a disadvantage for the next election, the state director said: "No, I think every election is a fresh start. The incumbent government will have to answer the questions of the day and we'll be there to challenge at the time."