For the first time ever, Australia will host an online leaders debate as a national election campaign for the upcoming Australia elections on July 2, 2016.
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and Facebook announced on Tuesday that the third and final public debate involving Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will be held live online. The debate will be streamed via Facebook Live on News.com.au as well as on News.com.au’s Facebook page. The Aussies will get an opportunity to listen to the debate on their smartphones and other digital devices.
“This debate will be different to any you’ve seen before. It is a chance for millions of everyday Australians to not just to watch the debate, but to actively participate — by asking questions and giving their instant reactions,” News.com.au Managing Director Julian Delany said.
The recent opinion polls have shown how close the battle is between the Liberal-National coalition and Opposition-Labor party. The polls have depicted the fading popularity of Turnbull and the rising chances of Shorten to become the next head of the state. The online leaders’ debate is a decision which seems to be taken depending upon the critical political situation prevailing in Australia at the moment. The June 17 debate between the two party leaders aims at reaching every possible individual across the nation.
The Australian population will be allowed to submit questions to be covered in the debate, which will be hosted by a News Ltd journalist, according to Channel News Asia. “We are excited to partner with News.com.au to ensure that as many Australians as possible participate in this debate,” Australia and New Zealand FB’s Managing Director Stephen Scheeler said.
“Whether it’s posting questions on the news.com.au Facebook Page or watching and interacting with the live stream, we want to connect as many Australians as possible to one of the most important aspects of any election campaign — a leadership debate.”