THE NSC will soon be helping shooters know who to vote for – or not vote for – at next month’s Victorian State Election.
In some cases, shooters will have plenty of options. In other cases, they may not.
When it comes to the upper house, that won’t be a problem. Shooters will have plenty of minor parties to vote for (or avoid).
Don't just tick the ballot papers. Pay attention to who you're voting for.
Unfortunately for shooters, several minor parties are bad choices for shooters, so we need every shooter who is voting, to pay attention to who they vote for – and not just mark a box to ‘get it out of the way’.
Those parties include the Greens, Animal Justice Party, Justice Party (founded by Derryn Hinch) have consistently supported Labor on decisions that have hurt the shooting sports.
Unfortunately that group includes the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party who voted for the extension of Victoria’s lockdowns and bans on political donations.
You might as well give candidates from those parties Labor’s famous red shirts now. That includes you, Jeff.
Rod Barton - Anti-Gun?
Last year, the head of the Transport Matters Party, Rod Barton, voted for new gun laws that require shooters to get new safes.
In speaking in parliament, Rod paid out on the NSC – but he also confirmed what we were saying, which is that Labor’s 10 year gun bans can be served on any shooter for any reason. Click here to see that earlier story.
In more recent months, Rod was named by The Age as one of several MPs who wanted a ban on duck hunting.
That got us very interested because it called the accuracy of The Age’s story into question. This led to an exchange of correspondence inviting Mr Barton to clarify his actual position.
We gave Mr Barton plenty of opportunity to respond and refute it, but he did not. That means either the paper got it wrong, or Barton’s office lied to us, which we suspect is more likely. That’s another red shirt.
However our interest in this isn’t just Rod Barton. It’s Norm too.
Meet Norm, former SFFP staffer
NORM DUNN’s name is reasonably well known in shooting circles.
He worked for the SFFP before jumping ship to work for Rod Barton. As for his view on shooting, he told us:
“As for me as a member of FGA and ADA I think that gives a clear picture.”
So he’s a shooter, which makes him a good bloke. That’s why you would hope that means he will stick up for shooters.
Going to ground on guns
IN SEPTEMBER, the Transport Matters Party announced that Norm will run for the party, presumably in Northern Victoria Region.
In addition to our question to Barton about duck hunting, we also asked him if Norm would be free to stand up for shooters if he got elected. We also asked if Norm’s preferences will support pro-shooting candidates.
Here is what we asked:
- will [Norm]be free to support duck hunting?
- will he be free to vote against changes to the Firearms Act if the opportunity comes up?
- will Norm’s preferences put pro-shooting candidates such as those from the LDP above those who oppose shooters?
- will Norm’s preferences put the LDP above or below the SFFP?
There was no response.
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At the last state election, the Transport Matters Party did in fact preference the LDP in the Northern Victoria Region.
Good on them. We hope they do the same again.
However, their preferences also favoured left wing parties including the Animal Justice Party, particularly in the west where they won a seat.
If history repeats itself, Norm’s nomination could result in more help for anti-gun parties – including the Animal Justice Party – and him being gagged on any matters relating to firearms.
Yep, you might as well give Norm a red shirt too.