The Shooters and Fishers Party’s candidates for Tasmania in the upcoming federal election have been revealed, with 37-year-old Matthew Allen running the #1 ticket.
Ken Orr, a keen fisherman and professional fishing guide, has the #2 ticket.
Mr Allen has a long involvement with the Australian Deer Association, serving for the past 10 years as either its president or vice-president, and he sits as chairman of the state’s Deer Advisory Committee.
In addition, he is a member of the Tasmanian Firearms Consultative Committee, the Game Management Liaison Committee and Big Den State Forest steering committee.
He is a supporter of Tasmania’s timber industry.
“Twenty years as a carpenter in the building game has provided me with a sound understanding of the need for a solid forest industry, as this is an integral part not only for fishing and hunting, but for the wider flow on affect for businesses in Tasmania,” he says.
“Being a partner in a small retail business in Tasmania, I have an understanding of the challenges that face small business owners.”
The fourth-generation hunter says the great relationship he has with his father and brother is a result of their time hunting together.
The two candidates will contest Tasmania’s upper house seats in the federal parliament.
The announcement of the two candidates appears to have been premature, coming out in a Facebook post on the Hunting Tasmania page rather than from the party itself. The S&F is believed be to still finalising candidates in other states and territories.
There are also strong indications that the party intends following up after the September election by contesting the Tasmanian state election, though previous attempts to form a branch of the party there have not succeeded.
To become officially registered for the state election, the Tasmanian branch needs to sign up 100 members; membership costs $30.