Federal Election May 2022

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Federal Election Candidates’ Forum

ECLC was pleased to host a Federal Election Candidates’ Forum on Thursday 5th May 2022 with key candidates Carina Garland (Australian Labor Party – Victorian Labor), Ryan Dare (Australian Citizens Party), Wayne Tseng (Independent) and Bill Pheasant (Greens Candidate for Menzies). Mr Pheasant stepped in to replace Sarah Newman for Chisholm.

The Forum was conducted at Box Hill Town Hall and was well attended in person and online via zoom link. It was a truly democratic experience as Candidates responded to important issues including housing, disability, family violence, employment and peace. A special feature of the evening included a Graphic illustrator, Debbie Wood who captured the essence of the questions and answers in real time. These illustrations were visible to the audience on a large screen.

Special thanks to everyone who came along and made it such an engaging night including our moderator Dilnaz Billimoria, guests from the Chin Community Victoria, Bohri Dawoodi Muslim faith group, Blackburn Gurdwara/sikh community, Zorastrian faith group, Bounce refugee mentoring program, Chinese Health Foundation, Chinese Australian Network, UMMA mosque Manningham (Islam faith), Sri Lankan Community and Ismaili Bohra faith/ Indian/ Interfaith Network.

This Election Forum follows ECLC’s previous event launch at Parliament House in April where we launched the You, Me & MPs Toolkit – the final outcome of working over the last 2 years to support CaLD and faith communities to engage with MPs and the democratic process – see https://eclc.org.au/you-me-mps-online-community-toolkit/


  • Candidates (L to R): Wayne Tseng (Independent), Carina Garland (Australian Labor Party – Victorian Labor), Bill Pheasant (Greens Candidate for Menzies) and Ryan Dare (Australian Citizens Party)
  • Image of final graphic recording by Debbie Wood
  • Time lapse video of graphic recording by Debbie Wood
  • Video (Zoom) recording of forum




Pre-election legal help policies

In the lead up to the 2022 Federal Election, ECLC contacted federal candidates for the House of Representatives from the major parties in its catchment.

ECLC respectfully asked candidates to outline their response to key issues facing communities in Melbourne’s east and the community legal sector, including:

  • Access to legal help
  • Prevention, early intervention and response to family violence
  • Elder abuse
  • Homelessness and mental health
  • Storms and climate justice


ECLC’s letter to candidates can be viewed here: 2022 Federal Election Letter (PDF)

Any further responses will be posted here as they are received.

Page updated February 19, 2024
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