NEWS Stick to political NT guns
NT Field and Game
AS we enter 2020, there is a lot of talk of upcoming elections.
The by-election in Johnston is the first cab off the rank. This is expected late February and will be a litmus test of the Michael Gunner-led ALP Government over the past threeand-a-half years. The full Territory election is scheduled for August. Could the ALP be another victim of arrogance and hubris and end with only one term in office? Will the Country Liberals rise from the ashes or will Terry Mills’ Territory Alliance split the conservative vote and leave us all with more of the same?
Territorians would well remember the I FISH I VOTE bumper sticker campaign in the late 1990s. Whoever was responsible was a genius, because it elevated groups like the Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the NT to immense power within the community. You just have to look at the spend by Gunner’s Government on fishing infrastructure when they are borrowing $4 million per day to pay public service wages. The spending goes on unabated because they fear the fishing vote. Out of this the hunters and shooters have learnt they have to get political to survive.
Recently I noticed I HUNT I VOTE stickers arriving at shooting clubs and being distributed by gun shops and the like. Another variation is the I SHOOT I VOTE so all bases are covered.
There are over 16,000 registered shooters in the NT and they too should have more influence on issues that affect them, than in the past. In this current term we have seen the magpie goose season trashed for two years, Shooter’s Licence application hurdles imposed and the re-classification of legal firearms into D Class, making them almost impossible for the average sporting shooter to own.
If you are a shooter or hunter, I urge you to get one of these I HUNT I VOTE stickers and display it proudly on your car if you want some say in your sport in future.
Practice has resumed every Friday from 4pm at the Mickett Creek Shooting Complex range, Brandt Rd, Knuckey Lagoon on Five Stand Sporting clays, Skeet and Simulated Field. There is special practice too this morning from 9am till noon. All are welcome.