There was important news for Victorian hunters and shooters this week in the aftermath of the election in that state. In a very positive outcome, the Shooters and Fishers Party have been successful in having multiple members elected into the Upper House. At the time of writing results were still being checked but most reports, such as this one in The Age and this one in the Geelong Advertiser, have the Shooters and Fishers claiming up to three seats in the Legislative Council. In addition, another hunter-friendly party, the Australian Country Alliance, has also taken a seat in the Upper House. Hopefully this result will be enough to counteract the inevitable anti-hunting activities of the Greens, who have also claimed multiple Upper House seats.
News from the Lower House wasn’t so good from a hunting and shooting point of view. Good and positive change for Victorian hunters had been made under the Liberal Government and Minister Peter Walsh, in particular, had shown he had a very pro-hunting outlook. Many commentators, including those from the Australian Deer Association, are concerned that the new Labor government won’t be so proactive in promoting the interests of hunters and shooters. Obviously the election of a Green MP into the inner city seat of Melbourne is also a concern.