A public forum at Shepparton's La Trobe University canvassed the questions: What role did such issues as climate and the environment play in regional Australia's voting behaviour? What role did the media play in the election campaign and the outcome? How might we understand the rural vote?
The forum attracted about 100 people who came to hear the Shepparton-based MP, Suzanna Sheed, the McPherson Media Group executive director, Ross McPherson, and the Grattan Institute's Carmela Chivers, along with the MC for the event, the Director of La Trobe's Transforming Human Societies Research Focus Area, Professor Lawrie Zion.
The aim of the forum was to try and arrive at some conclusion about what the outcome of the 2019 election meant for regional Australia.