Election 2010

Political party firearm policies

Trying to work out the firearms policies of the various political parties is a thankless and sometimes difficult task. Many do not include a specific policy on firearms on their websites.. They do this deliberately, we think, to dampen debate. There are a couple of political parties that are definitely on our side; one is the LDP - click here for their firearms policy. The Shooters Party now known as "The Shooters and Fishers Party" is another. The S&F Party's firearms policy, with shooting right at the top, is here. The Australian Fishing and Lifestyle party is a bit slow off the mark. Their policy page as of Friday evening, 23/7/2010 and midday Wednesday, 4/8/2020 instructs visitors to come back later. However, the home page, 12/08/2010, is more informative. The Liberals don't appear to have changed much, they still play their cards pretty close to the  chest: Labor's firearms policy is set out  here. Julia Gillard's support for John Howard's 1996 laws is included here.

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Family First has provided this policy statement: Family First believes Australia’s rich and extensive state parks, marine areas and forests should be open for families to enjoy. Ensuring the community has access to our natural treasures will give Australians a greater appreciation and respect for nature and their environment. Family First supports the use of public lands for: • Recreational fishing, shooting and hunting. • Open access for community enjoyment.

Preferences: How do they work? Do you know who you are voting for? Should you vote above the line?

Preferences are agreed between parties in deals struck prior to an election.  They are then submitted to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). This may not be the way you want your votes distributed, but it’s easier to vote above the line in federal senate elections than to fill in all the boxes below the line. So that’s what the major parties want you to do, because it gives them control of your vote and ensures that preference deals are in line with the way the parties have agreed among themselves. You have no say in preference deals. But you do have a say if you vote below the line.

Should you vote above the line? If your chosen sport is fishing or shooting and you want to keep practising both, or even just one of them, the answer is an emphatic NO!

How can you remember the correct voting sequence when there are 40, 50 or even 80 boxes (NSW) to be filled? Well, there is a way;  a website that will do the job for you and print out a document which you can take into the voting booth. All you have to do is select your state or territory, place the mouse cursor over the candidate you wish to move, drag it to the position you want and print out the list for future reference. You can even save it as a PDF document. The page you can use to change how you vote is here, and it also includes the official voting tickets submitted to the AEC.  If you vote Labor, a vote above the line is effectively a vote for the Greens in the Senate*. If that's what you want, vote above the line but, if you distrust The Greens as much we do, vote below the line even though that's the more difficult option! Difficult but not impossible. This takes you to a page explaining how to vote for senators. Reclaim your rights! Vote below the line. But remember, you cannot use the printout in lieu of a ballot paper. You must transcribe your voting intentions onto the official ballot paper which yo are given at the polling place.

* Labor have preferenced the Greens in the Senate 


Candidates standing for election in both houses in August 2010


The Greens: More marine

parks, and no fishing allowed

Greens take aim at fishos

  Lee Rhiannon, Greens   Senate candidate, in her

own words

 Ms Rhiannon on firearms


VIDEO: Counting the votes for the Senate

Reclaim your vote Vote below the line in the Senate! 

A more comprehensive list of political websites is available here.

Responsibility for election comment is taken by Terry Sotos, Whyalla, S.A.