UPDATE 2.15PMIndependent candidate for Flynn Craig Tomsett logged on to take part in a live chat online with The Observer's readers on Tuesday afternoon.

Mr Tomsett answered a wide range of questions that included the biggest issues facing the region, water security, the lack of facilities for children, asylum seekers, the Bruce Hwy, the mining tax and 457 visas.

To read a replay of what was said, scroll down to the chat at the end of this story

The Observer has another live chat scheduled on Wednesday from 1-2pm, with Palmer United candidate Steve Ensby.

You can still have your say on the topics discussed by commenting below on this story. 

Earlier: We all have a question or two that we would like to ask each of our local federal election candidates, and The Observer is giving you the chance to do just that.

On Tuesday we will host a live chat online with independent candidate Craig Tomsett from 1-2pm, followed by a chat with Palmer United Party candidate Steve Ensby on Wednesday from 1-2pm.

All you need to do to participate is scroll down to the chat at the end of this story and submit a question or three.

We will be moderating comments from our end, which means anything inappropriate will not be approved, and only one question at a time will be submitted so the candidate will have time to reply before another question is submitted.

This is your chance to directly ask candidates about their policies and what they stand for.

Mr Tomsett says his focus during the campaign is on the asylum seeker issue.

"One of the major issues that really concerns me is the Australian Government and Opposition want to throw $10 billion to $20 billion at the refugee problem, without recognising and telling the Australian public that the systematic corruption in Indonesia fuels the people smuggling operation, cooperation between local politicians, Indonesian police and the military," he said.

"If 50,000 refugees can find a people smuggler then why can't the Indonesian police, military or the Australian Federal Police find one?

"The cost of keeping refugees offshore is approximately $200,000 a year, yet on the mainland only about $25,000.

"Whatever your view on this issue, it is economically unviable to continue to deal with this issue under current policies put forward by either major parties."

 


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