QUEENSLAND’S leading pro-shooting group is officially backing Katter’s Australia Party (KAP) as the ‘Vote One’ choice for its Queensland members in the upcoming State elections on Saturday, October 31.
Shooters Union represents the interests of more than 280,000 licensed firearms users in the Sunshine State, including hunters, target shooters, farmers and primary producers, collectors, armourers, dealers, security guards, and emergency services personnel.
The organisation has launched its 2020 Queensland Election project with an announcement to all shooters from national president Graham Park to put KAP first if they had a candidate in their electorate, and to put the ALP, Greens and LNP last on the ballot.
“Over the years, KAP have shown themselves to be friends not only to shooters but to regional and rural Australia as well,” Mr Park said.
“A strong rural economy means a strong Queensland, and regardless of your view on guns, that’s something everyone can agree on.
“The Majors have shown time and time again they aren’t our friends and they don’t trust their own citizens. They’re restricting toys (gel blasters) and shutting businesses down due to vague ‘public health’ concerns and refusing to answer questions about it or provide an explanation. They look after the top end of town, particularly Brisbane, and ignore the rest of the state.”
Where KAP are not running a candidate, Shooters Union are suggesting Pauline Hanson’s One Nation (PHON) or a pro-gun local independent candidate as the ‘Vote One’ choice.
“Like KAP they have the interests of rural and regional Queenslanders at heart, as well as the interests of law-abiding firearms users,” Mr Park said.
Mr Park said it was absolutely critical Queensland voters understand the Major parties and the Greens need to be at the bottom of the ballot to send a clear message that shooters have had enough of being mistreated, lied to and ignored by them.
“It’s all well and good for people to say ‘Well I don’t care about guns’, but it’s only a matter of time before the Majors and the Greens decide to treat things you like the same way – cars and 4WDs, fishing, hiking, camping, internet and telecommunications, video games; they’re all in their sights,” he said.
“At the last election, the ‘Flick’em - Put The Majors Last’ campaign we supported resulted in the lowest major party primary vote in Queensland history and directly cost both ALP and LNP more than $1m each in electoral funding.”
Mr Park said the sole exception to the ‘Put The Majors Last’ message was for Gympie LNP MP Tony Perrett, who crossed the floor to vote against unnecessary restrictions on law-abiding firearms owners.
“It’s rare to see someone in politics who puts principles above the party, but Mr Perrett did just that and showed himself to be a friend of law-abiding firearms users in the process, so we are encouraging everyone in his electorate to ‘Vote One’ for him as a result,” Mr Park said.
“Make no mistake: This is one of the most important elections in Queensland for decades. How people vote will directly affect what the state’s COVID recovery looks like, and whether we are actively getting back on our feet or locked in our homes terrified the Stasi might kick the door in because we shared a meme the Government didn’t like on social media.
“Look at Victoria. As far as we’re concerned, a vote for ALP is a vote to turn Queensland into East Germany, and we’re making that point abundantly clear to our members and supporters.
“This isn’t about guns, it’s about making Queensland a better place for everyone to live.”
Authorised by J Linsley, 61 Arthur Street Dalby QLD 4405, for Shooters Union Australia