Victorian shooters can now use their firearm licence as a valid and legal form of voter identification.
Under the state’s new Electoral Regulations 2012, only a drivers licence would have been allowed but the Country Alliance successfully had that changed to recognise all state-issued licences that include name, address, date of birth and photo.
“It is our hope this sensible expansion will flow into other areas where identification is required, as many processes still only refer to drivers’ licences despite the validity of other licences issued by the state,” Country Alliance spokesman Russell Bate said.
Boaties’ licences and other similar photo-based ones are included in the change to the regulations.
“Shooters and boating licences are equally as valid as any other licences issued by state authorities, so it made no sense to recognise one type but not the other,” Mr Bate said.
“Our submission is one aspect of our broader election platform that seeks to ensure that the value and status of recreational activities is properly recognised.
“This is something we believe is ignored in the current political environment.”
Country Alliance also sent out a reminder that it is now taking nominations for candidates in the next state and federal elections.