On behalf of the biggest organisation representing licensed firearm owners, sporting shooters and recreational hunters, I would like to congratulate our supporters on their recent success in the 2016 Federal Election and offer commiserations to those supporters who fell short at the July 2 poll.
The Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia (SSAA) has a long and proud history of representing the shooting sports and protecting firearm owners’ interests and, with more than 180,000 members and one million licensed firearm owners across Australia, our recreation continues to grow.
While there are many who quietly support and defend our chosen recreation, we welcome the re-election of our public supporters: Bob Katter MP, Senator Bridget McKenzie, Senator David Leyonhjelm and Ian Goodenough MP. We also welcome the support of Family First and congratulate Senator Bob Day on his re-election in South Australia.
It is unfortunate that Victorian Senator Ricky Muir and Tasmanian MP Eric Hutchinson have not been re-elected to represent the people in the Senate and House of Representatives respectively. I have extended our sincere gratitude for their support during their time in the Federal Parliament and have reassured them that their public support for our chosen recreation and work to protect the liberties of shooters has not gone unnoticed.
Going forward, as a token of our goodwill, we have already sent all newly elected members of Parliament a copy of our award-winning cookbook, Field to Fork – The Australian Game Cookbook, which illustrates one of the main reason why we hunt: to put fresh, free-range food on the table.
With a diverse group of parliamentarians and interesting political times ahead, I look forward to representing the SSAA and working productively with most of our newly-elected officials. As always, we will continue to bring our members the latest political updates via this website, as well as our SSAA Legislative Action department, E-newsletters and SSAA National Facebook page.