CHIFLEY candidate Isabelle White has hit back at criticism she's been missing in action during the federal election campaign.
About 100 migrant and first-time voters were disappointed the Liberal candidate was not at a Mount Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency (MECA) forum last week.
Instead, they quizzed Labor MP Ed Husic and Greens candidate Ben Hammond about education, housing, youth, National Broadband Network and their plans if elected.
The crowd also learned about the voting process so they could make an informed choice on Saturday and reduce the rate of informal voting.
"As Mr Husic said, informal voting in the Chifley electorate was above 10 per cent at the last election, one of the highest in Australia" MECA volunteer Holly Corpe said.
"He holds this seat by 12 per cent. It could be the difference between a safe and marginal seat. I'd encourage people to think carefully about their vote and their preferences. If you make a mistake, ask for another ballot paper."
It was the second forum at Mount Druitt Hub in recent weeks that Ms White had failed to attend.
"People are disappointed," Ms Corpe said.
Ms White couldn't attend another forum last night nor did she participate in a student question and answer session at Rooty Hill High School run by the Star.
She said her recent absences had been due to prior commitments.
"I have attended three or four recent forums, including one last Sunday," Ms White said.
"I've made myself fully accessible to the community and doorknocked on 16,000 homes, mostly on my own.
"I'm at train stations most mornings and am always happy to speak to constituents. Most of them know that because I've met a lot of them."