The Toxic Liberal MP
JAMES NEWBURY is the Liberal Member for Brighton, in Melbourne’s inner south.
Until 2018, the seat was held by long term Liberal MP, Louise Asher. Asher was a former minister and deputy leader for her party and anything but soft in her approach.
When she retired, her seat was handed over to Newbury – who decided to use his maiden speech in Parliament to speak against duck hunting in what looks to us like an immediate concession to the inner urban left.
This is what he said:
“For three months each year, duck hunters — who represent half of 1 per cent of Victorians — kill and bag up to 10 ducks per day.”
“Though hunters are required to carry out ducks killed, hundreds of birds, including endangered species supposedly protected from being shot, are found dead during the season.
“Victoria’s natural environment and wildlife are a unique part of this state’s identity and a modern Liberal Party must speak out on behalf of the promotion and preservation of them.”
SSAA protects anti-duck hunting MP
FOR WHATEVER REASON, the SSAA then published an article suggesting that Mr Newbury was not calling for a ban on duck hunting.
It met with Mr Newbury and then posted an article titled “Newbury: No ban on duck season” on its website. That article can be seen by clicking here, in which it says:
“At the meeting Mr Newbury assured SSAA Victoria that he was not in favour of a ban on duck hunting.”
Age confirms Newbury’s anti-duck shooting stance
Yet, The Age recently published this table setting out which MPs were pushing for a ban on duck hunting.
It names Mr Newbury as still being against duck hunting.
We give Newbury a chance to clarify
The NSC wrote to Mr Newbury inviting him to clarify his position, but he has not done so, which suggests the paper’s report is correct.
The Liberal / National Coalition supports duck hunting which is great to see.
However it is clear that they have a loose cannon who is playing games behind their backs.
As for the SSAA, they either need to change their tune towards Newbury and join the NSC in condemning him, or provide a better explanation of why they believe Newbury isn’t anti-duck shooting.
It could make a start by posting another article, calling for Newbury’s resignation. We’ve already done it: Newbury needs to go.
We’ll help you work out who to vote for
IN THE MEANTIME, the NSC continues to work hard to provide the best advice it can ahead of November’s Victorian State Election before turning it’s mind towards the NSW State Election in March.
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