NOVEMBER 26: Your chance to VOTE for change
VICTORIAN PREMIER, Dan Andrews, has overseen a government that has done incredible damage to the shooting sports – and there is more in store.
With a state election in November, this is the chance for Victorian shooters to send a message that they deserve better – and need change.
In this article, we explain what can be done, and show shooters how they can get the voting information they will need. Make sure you share this with your mates, so they can do the same.
ON THE PLUS SIDE, Labor has continued some small funding commitments, such as the Shooting Sports Facilities Program (started by a previous Liberal Government).
ON THE NEGATIVE SIDE, Labor has continued taking chunks out our backsides with more gun laws and taken other actions that are designed to create longer term pain for us. It’s a vindictive fight on their part. Here’s what they’ve done:
- GUN SHOP CLOSURES: Labor closed gun shops when COVID started on a bogus claim of a National Decision of Cabinet. It took legal action by us, and getting the story on the front pages of several newspapers, to get them re-opened;
MORE GUN LAWS: Last year, Labor passed new gun laws that are forcing shooters to change the safes they have. The laws also make it easier for police to take firearm licences off shooters for small offences such as speeding;
HUNTING: Labor has shortened our duck seasons and will ban it if re-elected. Then they will go after deer and other forms of hunting. The impact this will have on shooting, the shooting industry, and the Victorian economy would be significant;
Former Police Minister, Lisa Neville, with her release before being caught out by journos lying about the ‘National Cabinet’ decision.
- 2026 COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Labor has so far left shooting off the list of sports for the next Commonwealth Games which will be held in Victoria for purely political reasons;
- RANGE CLOSURES: We know of at least three large ranges around Victoria that will close, and four others who are having significant lease problems. With our support, they wrote to Labor’s Sports Minister for help, but she has done nothing. What good then, is the funding program to upgrade ranges if we lose ranges?
Unfortunately the Victorian opposition doesn’t seem to be any better.
They voted with the government on anti-firearm matters. To be fair, some of their Parliamentary representatives have echoed our concerns and we do appreciate their views but they will need to bat a lot harder before we can be happy that they are on our side.
That can make making voting recommendations difficult, but we do have a way to deal with that.
Where are their pro-shooting policies?
So far neither side of politics has released any pro-shooting policies.
This is a contrast with the 2000s when both major parties released pro-shooting policies at successive elections.
Here’s a couple of examples.
Unfortunately these stopped a little while ago, but they show what can be done. We’ve been encouraging them to do the same – but with a much stronger pro-shooting focus than you see here. We’re still working on this so will let you know if they do..
Are we doomed?
Not if we fight back…
The greatest motivation a politician has is to keep his or her seat. If they think they could lose their seat over an issue, then watch how quickly they’ll change their mind on it if they think people will change their votes on it.
That’s where you come in – and why your vote is more important than you might think.
We can’t change government, we can get the results we need by going after politicians who hurt the shooting sports – and help those who are good for the shooting sports.
That’s why we’ll be working up voting advice for shooters, so that we can change the way the government (Labor or Liberal) treats shooters.
That way, even if Labor gets returned, we’ll at least have politicians know that if they step out of line again, we’ll keep going after them. It’s how politics works.
By supporting the NSC, you’ll be supporting a long term plan to change what our politicians do.
How can I support the NSC?
Don’t forget, you can donate to our campaign – simply click here to find out more.
When will the NSC's voting advice come out?
A lot needs to happen between now and the election. The parties will start to scramble to release policies and we’re waiting to see if they will do the same for shooters.
That’s why we’re putting pressure on them now. We’re also putting out questionnaires to those we’re likely to target and will probably run more later on. We also need to see which parties are running candidates and where and where their preferences go
Our voting advice will come out in early November, in time for postal and early voting.