RURAL VIEWS: A tractor working in the Rubyanna fields East Bundaberg. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
RURAL VIEWS: A tractor working in the Rubyanna fields East Bundaberg. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Shooters and Fishers add farmers to their name

THE Shooters and Fishers Party has applied to change its name to include "farmers" in an obvious jab at the National Party.

The party's New South Wales branch, which has two members in the state upper house, has applied to the NSW Electoral Commission to change its name to the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party.

A post on the party's Facebook page said the name change was a reaction to the Federal Government's senate reform legislation, backed by the Greens and independent Senator Nick Xenophon, to change the preferential voting system.

"These imminent changes to the voting system will prevent our party and other minor parties from ever having a senator elected," it said.

"Irrespective of this setback, the party will continue its federal and state-based drive for representation, despite the best endeavours of the Liberal-Green cabal that seeks to limit democracy and representation.

"Farmers, like shooters and fishers, have been largely neglected and oppressed by the major parties and the Greens.

"More interested in playing green, city-centric politics than delivering commonsense good and progressive policy for the farming sector, all major parties have forgotten our nation's farmers."

Other states and the federal branch are also believed to be considering the name change.

There is no guarantee the name change will be allowed.

The Victorian Nationals were last year considering an appeal after the Electoral Commission denied a request to change their name to the National Country Party.

The name was deemed too similar to the Australian Country Party, previously known as the Country Alliance. -APN NEWSDESK



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