Greens: shooters don’t deserve democracy

You and I are among the disgruntled few, and should have less than one sixtieth of the political power of a duck lover – if we deserve any place in democracy at all. We should have no representation.

This is what Greens MPs – people in power in Australia – are saying openly. No, I am not making this up.

In Victoria this week, the Greens will move to disallow the 2012 Wildlife Regulations, effectively shutting down the state’s duck season, and they’re justifying it partly on the basis that 706 people signed a petition to ban duck hunting by as many as 43,000 people who hold game hunting there.

The Greens had the bald-faced arrogance to brag about the petition while dismissing duck hunters as a “a tiny proportion of the population”.

So by Green logic, one whinging animal-libbing bludger who manages to punch the enter key on an online petition deserves more weight than 60 hunters who have gained their game hunting licence, paid their money, invested in all the equipment needed, planned time away from home and shown a real commitment to what they love.

The move is probably little more than a publicity stunt and is not likely to get the support of parliament with the Liberal-National Coalition holding a slim majority.

But it mirrors the disgusting attitude expressed by a Western Australian Green, Giz Watson, who commented on the rise of the Shooters and Fishers Party in her state.

She said she didn’t “see the need for a political party to try and represent the disgruntled few”.

I wonder how Bob Brown feels about that idea, given he formed the Greens back in the day to appeal to a disgruntled few.

Watson has been in parliament for 16 years but with an attitude like that she deserves to be voted out to join the rest of her imploding party’s growing pile of former politicians. She has made it abundantly clear that we can have our democracy any colour we want as long as it’s Green.

Or are they really aiming for red? Joseph Stalin had a pretty thorough approach to dealing with the political representatives of the disgruntled few.

Western Australians vote this weekend, and they are the second state in Australia to get a serious shot at electing SFP representatives. Vote SFP, not merely to try to improve WA’s gun laws but to begin the fight back for all that the Greens and their ideology have taken away from us.

At the same time, you’ll be sending a message to the two major parties that hunters and shooters are more than disgruntled … and we’re more than a few.




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Mick Matheson

Mick grew up with guns and journalism, and has included both in his career. A life-long hunter, he has long-distant military experience and holds licence categories A, B and H. In the glory days of print media, he edited six national magazines in total, and has written about, photographed and filmed firearms and hunting for more than 15 years.