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The defender and the contenders: Who are the Hinchinbrook 5?

The defender and the contenders: MP Nick Dametto (above) is defending his seat from (left to right in alphabetical order) Aurelio Mason, Jen Sackley, Paul Jacob and Scott Piper.

WITH the state elections four weeks away – Ingham Daily Press reached out to the five people who have put their hats in the ring to be voted Hinchinbrook’s voice in Queensland’s parliament for the next three years.

Each of them will be in a hot seat in a public question-answer forum at Ingham Picture Theatre on Thursday.

We have warmed up for this debate by sending the same script of questions to each candidate.

Today three of the five are sharing their responses with you.

In alphabetical order, the five candidates are:

1. Aurelio Mason, United Australia Party.

2. Current Member of Parliament for Hinchinbrook Nick Dametto, Katter’s Australian Party.

3. Jen Sackley, independent.

4. Paul Jacob, Australian Labor Party.

5. Scott Piper, Liberal National Party.

MP Nick Dametto is joined in being profiled today by Labor man Paul Jacob and independent runner Jen Sackley.

We hope to have an opportunity to profile every candidate before the election.

Hinchinbrook is one of 77 shires in Queensland – and each will elect their representatives for state parliament at the election on 31 October.

Our shire covers an area of 2,807 square kilometres.

According to the 2016 census, there is a population of 10,885, with an even balance of men (51%) and women (49%).

The average age is 50 and more than one in four people are aged 65 or over.

According to the 2016 census statistics, around 6% of the population in Hinchinbrook is Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, with other respondents highlighting ancestry that is Australian (26.1%), English (23.1%), Italian (20.8%), Irish (7.1%) and Scottish (5.6%).

More than 80% of people (8,883) in Hinchinbrook in 2016 were born in Australia with others coming from Italy (343 people), England (161), New Zealand (109), Philippines (63) and Germany (34).

Thursday’s election forum has been organised by Hinchinbrook Chamber of Commerce and is being staged at the Ingham Picture Theatre from 5.30 pm.

People are being invited to submit written questions by emailing before midday on Tuesday 6 October.

There will also be a chance for voters to ask questions on the night.

For those who cannot be there in person, the event will be livestreamed on Facebook.

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