SFP confirms Federal election intentions

Posted on 31 January 2013 by Robert Brown

The Shooters and Fishers Party will run Senate candidates in each State and Territory at the Federal election in September.

The only exception may be the ACT, said Robert Brown, one of two NSW Upper House Members of Parliament, when he confirmed the party’s intentions today.

“This election is forecast to be highly polarised, but we believe that there is a good opportunity for Parties like SFP, KAP, Country Alliance and other minor parties across Australia to break the Greens’ choke-hold on the Senate,” Mr Brown said.

“We have been conducting preference talks with a number of the other minor parties, and we believe that the poor showing of the Greens in the recent ACT election, and in NSW Local Government elections, means that voters have finally woken up to just how dangerous the Greens can be when they hold the balance of power.

“There are enough Federal issues impacting upon shooters, fishers and other outdoor users to make this a very important election. The last thing we need is a Senate controlled by either the Government of the day or by an extremist party like the Greens.”

“Shooters well remember what happened to law abiding firearms owners when Mr Howard had control of the Senate,” Mr Brown said.

Referring to the millions of recreational fishers in Australia, Brown quotes statistics from the recent creation of massive Marine Reserves.

“The fishos have seen the current Labor Government lock up around 40% of our off-shore fisheries into Marine Protected Areas, and that is on top of the roll out of State Marine Parks.

“Ordinary Australians don’t need all these restrictions on their traditional outdoor pursuits.”

When asked about other Federal issues upon which the SFP will be campaigning, Mr Brown was quick to nominate their priorities.

“The Murray-Darling Basin fiasco would be right up there. I have a Notice before the NSW Upper House to bring in a Bill to pull NSW out of the Federal water agreement, something that the Liberal/National government here seems to be running away from.

“This stupid ‘plan’ badly affects the lives and livelihoods of rural and regional people in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and South Australia.

“Again, another example of what happens when extremists like the Greens are driving the Federal Government’s agenda.

“Quite simply, there has been a gradual shift of power from the States to the Commonwealth, over a long period, and that has to stop. The latest Commonwealth proposal to establish a Federal Firearms Registry is the last straw.

“The Shooters and Fishers Party is definitely a party that values the rights of the States, and if we can get someone into the Senate, we will be pushing that agenda hard, not just for NSW, but for all the States,” Mr Brown said.

The Australian Federal election will be held on Saturday, 14 September 2013.


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