NEWS Stick to po­lit­i­cal NT guns

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS -

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.

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