Readers of the Millstone expressed concern about the absence of two candidates at the all candidates meeting: Jack Maclaren, Conservative Party candidates and Cynthia Bredfeldt, Family Coalition Party candidate. So the Millstone contacted the candidates for an explanation. A telephone call, followed up by an e-mail wasnot answered by Jack Maclaren's office, however Cynthia Bredfeldt sent the following explanation:
"Sincere apologies for not being present at the all candidates meeting on September 15th. I had a previous engagement that I had committed to before I found out about the meeting. I did inform the organizers of the event that I could not attend. I do plan to be at the "All Candidates" meeting in Pakenham on the 29th of September. I hope to meet more of the community at that time."