Come September 7, all eyes will be on the south-east New South Wales .
For more than 40 years the seat has been won by the party that forms government.
The litmus test seat is held by Labor with a margin of 4.2 per cent.
Local Labor member and Minister for Defence Materiel Mike Kelly is hoping to be re-elected for a third term, but he is facing a challenge from former Liberal Party staffer Peter Hendy.
On Tuesday more than 100 people gathered at a meet the candidates forum in Queanbeyan.
It was a chance for voters to grill the candidates on the issues that will be key in deciding how they will vote.
"Well certainly I believe I have a track record behind me of really delivering on every single promise I've ever made, and well beyond those promises in fact.
"Right across the region people told me health was their number one issue and we've delivered $329 million worth of health infrastructure to address that, as well as investing in health work force issues as well.
"I'm really proud of our achievements there."
"There's a real need to change government in Canberra.
"The Labor Party has been a shambles for the last six years, they've produced massive growth in debt and I think what the people in Eden-Monaro need is a return to normality, some stability.
"I would hope to be able to contribute to that as a strong voice in the party room of a future Liberal government."
"What worries me is that 12,000 job cuts by the Coalition would just be the start. They talk about the bureaucracy being bloated by 20,000.
"We know their policy is to completely demolish the Defence Materiel Organisation with 7,000 employees.
"We know what it's like, we lived through it in 1996 under the Howard Government, it would be devastating for the whole region.
"The region depends on the tourism that Canberra and Queanbeyan generates, we can't afford to have that happen to us again and certainly that is a really big risk from the Coalition government."
"The thing about public service jobs is that the Labor Party has cut 3,000 in the last year, and in their mini-budget only two weeks ago they announced a number of expenditure cuts which the CPSU has calculated will mean 4,000 to 5,000 job cuts.
"That's what Labor's doing so I think we should concentrate on what Labor's saying they're doing and not be hypocritical about this."
"It's been a really long battle over six years fighting to get improvements there.
"We've added triple indexing mechanisms to improve that situation for injured service personnel. Veterans service pensions have also had that triple indexing mechanism added to them from age 60.
"We've announced we're moving forward on adding the pensioners beneficiary's living cost index to DFRDB [Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Scheme] recipients who are able-bodied and non-veterans.
"I'll continue my work in this area I think there's more we should do."
"We have promised that in the first budget we will change the indexation formula for 55 year olds and over so that it matches that of aged pensions and service pensions.
"We will do that in the first budget, it will apply from the July 1 next year and I think it's an overdue reform."
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