FEDERAL candidates have just a few more weeks to make up or change voters' mind after the first public forum last Friday.
Voters, both young and old, got their chance to grill candidates from the Chifley and Greenway electorates at Mount Druitt Hub.
Labor MPs Ed Husic and Michelle Rowland accepted the invitation, as did Greens candidates Ben Hammond and Chris Brentin.
There was no Liberal representation at the forum, despite every attempt from organisers.
It was organised by the WASH House and facilitated by feminist/social commentator Eva Cox, who told the forum she wanted to see the bigger presence of social issues on the political agenda.
"Women are not prominent in the political discourse," WASH House manager Catherine White said.
"There's a high rate of informal voting in these electorates, as seen in the last council elections."
Topics included childcare, single parents, Centrelink payments, superannuation and the need for a wider diversity of jobs and better health services, including an MRI at Mount Druitt.
Candidates were surprised when told that government statistics showed 60 per cent of single parent recipients were in the workforce before the recent changes to payments.
Debbie Higgison from Mount Druitt Learning Ground appealed for more funding for non-government organisations, while Robyn Reeves asked what the candidates would do to address the lack of affordable housing.
Ms Cox told the Star forums like this were important and expressed concern about the election campaign so far.
"Most candidates talk too much among themselves and enough not to the public," she said.
"They need to be reminded that they're there to represent the people. They talk about deficits, surpluses and the economy but they need to start making the community a good place to live."