The Shooters and Fishers Party will run a major campaign for senate seats in the federal election in September, and Country Alliance and Katter’s Australian Party are expected to do the same.
The SFP made the announcement this morning, after Prime Minister Julia Gillard yesterday set the election date for 14 September.
It appears the SFP and other minor parties will campaign strongly against the Greens, buoyed by the poor results in recent elections by a party that’s more and more seen as too extreme but many Australians.
“This election is forecast to be highly polarised, but we believe that there is a good opportunity for parties like SFP, KAP, Country Alliance and other minor parties across Australia to break the Greens’ choke-hold on the Senate,” Robert Brown, who represents the SFP in the NSW upper house, said.
“We have been conducting preference talks with a number of the other minor parties, and we believe that the poor showing of the Greens in the recent ACT election, and in NSW local government elections, means that voters have finally woken up to just how dangerous the Greens can be when they hold the balance of power.
“There are enough Federal issues impacting upon shooters, fishers and other outdoor users to make this a very important election. The last thing we need is a senate controlled by either the Government of the day or by an extremist party like the Greens.”
“Shooters well remember what happened to law abiding firearms owners when Mr Howard had control of the Senate,” Mr Brown said.
The SFP will campaign on policies supporting hunting and shooting as well as fishing and other outdoor recreations, but it is not limited to policies of those topics.
Mr Brown brought up the Murray-Darling Basin and states’ rights as other examples when he announced the party’s intentions.