CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister and opposition leader have agreed to hold the country's first-ever online election campaign leaders' debate.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Tuesday that he had reached an agreement with Facebook and News Corp. Australia to stream the debate early next week in a bid to reach more voters. Opposition leader Bill Shorten later agreed to participate.
Australian election campaigns traditionally feature three televised leaders' debates. Turnbull and Shorten have so far participated in two TV debates ahead of the July 2 election.
Turnbull said Facebook and News.com.au are the platforms from which many Australians get most of their news. Other interested websites and broadcasters will also be able to show the debate.
"I'm very excited by it and look forward to it really engaging the wider Australian community," Turnbull told reporters.
He said the debate would allow the audience to interact in a way that traditional media could not.