Incumbent member for McMillian, Russell Broadbent, refused to appear at a scheduled political debate hosted by ABC Gippsland last week.
ABC Gippsland planned to ask the Liberal, Labor and Greens candidates of McMillian questions about the electorate’s future.
However, Mr Broadbent didn’t show and the debate went ahead without him.
Labor candidate of McMillian, Chris Buckingham, believes Russell Broadbent’s absence was a ‘boycott.’
“The sitting member (of McMillian) may be uncomfortable with the possible public scrutiny but he should respect the democratic process”, Mr Buckingham said.
“It a shame that McMillian voters weren’t offered the opportunity to hear from Mr Broadbent”, Mr Buckingham said.
“There is less than 9 sleeps to go and Mr Broadbent couldn’t find time for the radio debate with myself and Mr Buckingham to answer locals questions”, Ms Lancaster said.
Mr Broadbent has not responded to requests to comment on the reason for his absence nor Mr Buckingham and Ms Lancaster’s comments regarding the debate.
However, Mr Broadbent was present at a McMillan candidates forum at the Fish Creek Hotel.