Pri­mary pro­duc­ers to keep guns un­der LNP

Dalby Herald - - NEWS | OPINION -

A FU­TURE LNP gov­ern­ment will re­new all ex­ist­ing cat­e­gory H gun li­cences for pri­mary pro­duc­ers and will en­sure that all new ap­pli­cants for pis­tol li­cences were as­sessed fairly and in a timely man­ner.

The State La­bor Gov­ern­ment have treated law-abid­ing farm­ers in the War­rego Elec­torate worse than crim­i­nal gang mem­bers.

The LNP have lis­tened to the con­cerns of our pri­mary pro­duc­ers who need hand guns for the safe man­age­ment of their prop­er­ties and hu­mane de­struc­tion of in­jured or maimed live­stock.

Un­der the LNP’s Fairer Gun Laws pol­icy, pri­mary pro­duc­ers who cur­rently hold a cat­e­gory H li­cence (hand gun) would have their li­cence re­newed while ever they met the “fit and proper per­son test” – as per the cur­rent law.

All new ap­pli­cants will be treated fairly and have their ap­pli­ca­tions as­sessed in a timely fash­ion.

The State La­bor Gov­ern­ment has been caught out run­ning a de­lib­er­ate pol­icy of restrict­ing li­cence re­newals which has taken away a vi­tal tool of trade for pri­mary pro­duc­ers.

While La­bor de­lights in paint­ing farm­ers as lone cow­boys, the LNP un­der­stands the safety is­sues of not hav­ing to carry a ri­fle in tim­bered coun­try on a horse, mo­tor­bike or quad bike.

— Ann Leahy MP, Mem­ber for War­rego

Talk­ing about men­tal health can re­ally help

WORLD Men­tal Health Day is held on 10 Oc­to­ber and I en­cour­age ev­ery­one – whether you have a lived ex­pe­ri­ence of men­tal ill­ness or not – to think about the men­tal health and well-be­ing of your­self and those around you.

The jour­ney to pos­i­tive men­tal health is not a jour­ney we should walk alone.

I have been work­ing with dis­ad­van­taged young peo­ple for over 40 years and each per­son I work with has their own unique story and jour­ney to share.

I en­cour­age them to con­nect with trusted fam­ily and friends to share their jour­ney to­wards bet­ter men­tal health, and I am ask­ing you to do the same.

Men­tal health is­sues af­fect ev­ery­one.

Whether or not you your­self are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing men­tal ill­ness, there is al­ways some­one around you who is.

As a com­mu­nity we need to look out for each other and that be­gins with talk­ing.

From my ex­pe­ri­ence on deal­ing with men­tal health, I know that start­ing a con­ver­sa­tion can be the big­gest turn­ing point for vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple.

At Youth Off The Streets, we have ded­i­cated youth and case work­ers who as­sist young peo­ple on a daily ba­sis.

The un­for­tu­nate truth is that 14% of Aus­tralian young peo­ple aged four to 17 have men­tal health or be­havioural prob­lems and it is im­per­a­tive for us to step in and sup­port our vul­ner­a­ble kids at this time of cru­cial growth.

Tak­ing the time to dis­cuss these is­sues, how they are af­fect­ing you and how you are over­com­ing them can set the path for not only your growth, but for oth­ers.

This World Men­tal Health Day, I urge you to sup­port each other and in par­tic­u­lar sup­port our young peo­ple in start­ing con­ver­sa­tions. Visit www.1010.org.au.

— Father Chris Ri­ley,

CEO and founder, Youth Off The Streets

❝jour­ney The to pos­i­tive men­tal health is not a jour­ney we should walk alone.

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