CANDIDATES for the three seats covering Liverpool faced off at a forum last week to address residents about how they will serve the electorate.
Ten candidates from all three seats crossing into Liverpool attended.
The event, run by the Liverpool Migrant Resources Centre, was aimed at informing Liverpool's growing number of first-time voters about how the process worked.
It also gave them a chance to engage with the candidates.
Each candidate spoke for five minutes about their political experience and campaigned for their parties.
One organiser, Jimmy Mtashar, said Werriwa MP Laurie Ferguson was a stand-out. He said Hughes MP Craig Kelly and Fowler MP Chris Hayes were close seconds.
"This forum provided greater transparency for first-time voters and for people unfamiliar with the democratic voting process," he said.
"It offered greater clarity and showed residents who these candidates were and why they were passionate about leading the electorate.
"In all it was very well received and discussions were robust but respectful."
Around 80 people, including some representing organisations, attended.
Mr Mtashar said the audience appreciated the time candidates took to express their personal views as well as their party's policies.
He said attendees were disappointed the Liberal candidate for Fowler, Andrew Nguyen, did not attend. "But apart from that the turn-out for this was fantastic."