Robert Borsak MLC
Robert Borsak - the son of a Polish tailor turned freedom fighter who escaped a Gestapo death camp - is a former art student. He put down the easel to study accountancy and marketing and became a very successful businessman as chairman of the Brooker Holdings Group, manufacturers of aluminium boats, trailers and scaffolding systems.
But the 57-year-old was forced to scale back his other business activities (11 companies he was associated with turned over $50 million a year) after being elected the Shooters and Fishers Party’s fourth MLC last year on the sudden death of his friend and colleague, Roy Smith, on July 31.
"Semi-retired" at the time, he was the only real choice, having worked closely with the world's first shooter MP, John Tingle, and Robert Brown, MLC, after joining the party in 1992. He was chairman of the party three years later when John Tingle was elected and is its major strategist. Prior to being elected, he also resigned as chairman of the groundbreaking Game Council of NSW that sets the standard for conservation hunting in Australia.
In his feisty inaugural speech to Parliament, he placed on record that Roy's work would continue, especially negotiating further sensible changes to the firearms legislation "that unreasonably restrict legitimate gun-owners, while doing nothing to enhance public safety. He is also the champion of young shooters."
The keenest of hunters, Robert has chased trophy game all over the world, yet revels in bird and small game shooting and fine rifle collecting. As a child, he spearfished; today he fishes for trout.
Married for 34 years to Cheryl, whom he met while Scouting, the proud Ashfield father of three grown children has two beautiful grand children.
"I hunt because I like to hunt; it is part of my genetic make-up," he told gob-smacked pollies in his speech. The House was filled to hear him speak and he made no bones about the effect of politics on him.
"Personally, I resent being viewed or treated by anyone as a criminal in waiting. It is plainly just not acceptable."
- O'Farrell goes Green
- Rhino protection: why trade is the answer
- Have your say: NSW Firearms Registry review
- Foxes: pests, not pets
- Hunters are the true eco-tourists
- Newsletter: State Forest hunting, Fisheries review, Federal election
- Corruption, negligence and firearm data security
- Police negligence feeds illegal gun trade
- Auditor General exposes NPWS failures on heritage
- The Big Two and the Greens do us over
- Protest reinforces how wrong the antis are
- NSW Government scorecard
- Restore balance to the land
- Boycott Fairfax Media
- Gun rights: Australia’s fight
- Time to re-think conservation, says Borsak
- Hunting and fishing rights must be guaranteed: Borsak
- ACT should let hunters in
- Investigation into sound moderators on firearms
- Facts about sound moderators
- Hunting in National Parks
- Important meeting: SFP in the NT
- Independent Assessment Panel recommendations
- No need for tighter gun laws
- New Land Services initiative welcomed
- Hatred and violence: Greens' selective rejection
- Hunting and the Greenwashing campaign
- Vale Dudley Nichol
Robert Brown MLC
Robert Brown has been a Member of the state committee of The Shooters Party (now Shooters and Fishers Party) from 1994-present, becoming its Chairman between 2005 and 2007. Robert was the Inaugural Chairman of the Game Council, having written the Legislation that created the Council.
Having stood down from the Game Council, Robert was elected to Parliament on the resignation of John Tingle MLC, on May 3, 2006, and was re-elected in the March 2011 State election, for an eight year term. As Brown noted in his Parliamentary inaugural speech, the Party is roughly evenly split between Labor and conservatives when it comes to voting in the Legislative Assembly. But, he said, “All shooters have had a disproportionate measure of regulation and legislation shoved down their throats since the early 1990s. Most of it is bad legislation and over-regulation.”
Since his election, Robert has been very active in the inner workings of the House via the LC Committees. Among others, he was a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Road Safety (Staysafe) from 2006-2011, and was elected Chair of the vital Select Committee on Recreational Fishing in November 2009. Tabled in December 2010, the report recommended a five year Moratorium on the creation of any new Marine Parks. Robert turned that into Legislation, when he successfully prosecuted a Private Member’s Bill to do just that, in 2011.
Robert is currently the Chair of General Purpose Standing Committee #5, which deals with the portfolios of DPI, Environment and Heritage, and Lands and Water. Two recent Public Inquiries that Robert chaired were an Inquiry into Coal Seam Gas, and an inquiry that looked into all aspects of Public Land Management
He was branch President/State President of the Australian Deer Association (1995-1998), and was elected as a Life Member of the ADA in 2012; is a Member for Life, Drummoyne Sailing Club Inc; Member for Life of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (NSW); member, Hills Hunting & Angling Club Inc; ordinary member, Institute of Engineers Australia, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Robert is committed to working with the government of the day to improve matters related to firearms ownership and use and access for shooters and fishers.
“We will encourage the government to broaden the implementation of conservations through sustainable use – terrestrial and marine,” Brown says.
“For too long the fishers – like shooters before them – ignored the insidious advance of animal rights extremist ideology into the political spectrum. But no more.”
- The facts about amendments to the Government Planning Bills
- Hunting in NSW State Forests
- NSW Government must get hunters back into forests now
- Shooters and Fishers Party launches Senate Campaign
- Inquiry into the Management of Public Land in NSW
- SFP’s wins: Protecting your fishing rights
- SFP welcomes new marine estate management plans
- Call to action! Ammo Bill
- SFP confirms Federal election intentions
- IUCN World Conservation Congress
- Court rules shooters can stay at Malabar
Shooters and Fishers Representative
Peter Johnson has a long time commitment to the environment. He comes from a family of Dairy Farmers and Orchardists, and learnt to fish and hunt when he was able to do so safely, whilst regarding the sustainability of the resource was paramount.
Peter has a long history on representing anglers; he has been very active in fishing both recreationally and commercially. Peter was a Trap and Line Fisherman for several years out of Sydney, and was also a leading figure in amateur angling circles. He was elected to the committee, and later became President of the Sydney North Division of NSW Fishing Clubs Association for several years, and has been awarded Life Membership to this Association for his services in Angler Representations and protecting fishing access rights. He was elected State President of the NSW Fishing Clubs Association for two terms, and was also the NSWFCA representative on the consultative committees for NSW Fisheries on both the inaugural INTER-TIDAL PROTECTED AREAS, and the 2nd SALTWATER BAG AND SIZE LIMIT REVIEW, where Peter saw firsthand how Government disregards anglers and ties them up in bureaucratic tape and ignores the real issues. Make no mistake, Peter regards Accountability as a priority, and has publicly denounced NSW Fisheries Policy many times.
Through his 8 year stint as Club Captain of Warringah Anglers Club, Peter was instrumental in organising a petition, along with three other key members of this club, to obtain over 17,000 signatures and tabled them to Parliament, to decree a Moratorium on Marine Parks, only to be bitterly disappointed that the then Liberal / National Opposition chose not to follow the Moratorium up. This really motivated him to pursue a better way to get Anglers voices heard, so he joined the Shooters and Fishers Party to help with the fight. His own words, “ No other Political Party has ever been a friend of Anglers at Grass Roots level. Other so-called Fishing Parties preference the majors who have done us over time and again. Shooters and Fishers are our Party, our only friends in Politics “
Peter is proud to be a member of The Shooters and Fishers Party, as it was Robert Brown who moved in Parliament that the Moratorium be implemented. He now wants the angling community to see how effective the Shooters and Fishers Party is, and that there is no alternative vote on offer.
Whilst Peter doesn’t fish competitively nowadays, he still travels regularly with wife Linda, and fishes both Salt and Freshwater habitats, enjoying their freedom to do so. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a Yellowbelly or a Spanish Mackeral, or his favourite, Snapper, Peter wants to protect the access for all to engage in this healthy pursuit. He still does regular radio appearances on 2SM’s HI-Tide fishing and boating program, and is in demand as a guest speaker at fishing club functions.
It’s also a poorly kept secret that Peter is a pretty keen Hunter too, who loves to hunt feral pigs and goats when the fish aren’t biting.
He earns his living in the field of Logistics, where he is NSW Fleet and Compliance Manager for Australia’s largest freight carrier. He is well versed in large scale business applications, has a good acumen for profitability and accountability, and is highly regarded in the industry by his peers.
Hunting and fishing representative
Jim Muirhead calls himself a 50 per cent shooter, 50 per cent fisher.
He's a shotgun, rifle and pistol man, target shooter and budding deerstalker, and keen fisher. Married, 49, and living on 25 acres at Finley, just north of the NSW border town of Tocumwal, the plant operator started hunting as a kid, ferreting and trapping, mentored by an uncle, a professional rabbit trapper.
Clubs and associations he is involved with include: life member of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia; life member and current Chairman of the Southern Riverina Hunting Club; committee member of the Finley Gun Club (Australian Clay Target Association); committee member, Finley Pistol Club; Junior Vice President, South West Anglers Association (2500 members in approx 25 clubs); member, Berrigan Angling Club; Chairman, Riverina Branch of the Shooters and Fishers Party.
"My problem is I've got too many hobbies," he says. "I'm a muay-thai instructor (kick-boxer), member of pistol and hunting clubs. I shoot F&G, SSAA, and go on retrieving trials. I'm a keen photographer, I fish for Murray cod, yellow belly and redfin near home and ride our horses with my wife Viv."
The Howard ascendancy got him worked up into active gun politics. "I was over it when Howard took my guns – a Remington 1187 Premier semi-auto shotgun and a semi-auto .22 Sterling. I took them to Shepparton and I watched them get squashed. That really hurt.
"From my involvement with local clubs, I joined a district branch of the Shooters and Fishers Party and started going to state conferences. I've been to approximately 13 so far. I felt they needed someone from the country, an ordinary bloke like me to be part of the team and so I do what I can for the party. It was our branch that took the name change [from Shooters Party to Shooters and Fishers] to the state conferences for many years. Now Shooters and Fishers we will become a bigger and stronger party for our voters.
"I was one of the organisers in the River Red Gum Environment Alliance, an alliance that at its peak had approx 140,000 people behind it. We were trying to stop the extreme Greens and the government from excluding hunters and fishers from these areas, state forests that people used. Now they are national parks, locked up for the feral animals and weeds to slowly kill the forests. I believe in sustainable anything... like timber harvesting, fishing and hunting.
"I had a lot to do with the Public Lands Inquiry that now has its recommendations out; hopefully the government will take them on.
"My aim is to fight for access to our national parks. Let's utilise them and not have them locked up and burnt every few years. We must be able to use our country. It's ours, end of story. City bureaucrats have no idea how country people live and we want to control our own destiny and not be dictated to by people with no idea at all.
"We are now seeing the fishing world finding it harder to access places that we used to fish, and Marine Parks are slowly taking over. I will support sustainable fishing practices and fight against fishing bans imposed because the extreme Greens don’t like me eating fish. I will be a strong voice within the party for country issues, hunting and fishing, and all out door pastimes that we have enjoyed in this great country we call Australia."