Primary producers to suffer under 2017 National Firearms Agreement

Member for Buderim and Queensland One Nation Leader Steve Dickson said, “After reviewing the 2017 National Firearms Agreement that was released last week, I was very disappointed with many aspects, including the unfair treatment of our primary producers.

“This document is an agreement between the States and the Commonwealth.  Queensland’s Palaszczuk Government is a signatory to this agreement.  It unreasonably penalises legitimate gun owners and sporting shooters in this State.

“It does absolutely nothing about firearms related crime, drug trafficking and lack of Police powers to tackle criminals in this State.

“What it does do is further restrict and curtail the activities of law-abiding Queensland citizens, including our primary producers.”

Mr Dickson said, “For the average primary producer, a firearm is just a tool, it is a part of daily life, whether it be eradicating feral pests like pigs or dealing with distressed livestock.

“I grew up on a farm and have first-hand experience of the need farmers have for firearms. I am not one of those George Street graziers.

“To quote just one of the new rules – there will be no handgun licences  (Category H) at all for primary producers. So out in the scrub on horseback with no handgun!  Rifles can be cumbersome and dangerous when on riding through the bush on motorbikes.

“There is 14 pages of this nonsense cooked up by bureaucrats in air-conditioned offices, thousands of kilometres from working primary producers.

The Labor Police Minister (and now Minister for Agriculture) Bill Byrne signed off on this. What did he know and when did he know it?

As the Member for Buderim I am more supportive of primary producers and legitimate gun owners than Bill Byrne, the Member for Rockhampton.”

Shooters Union Qld President Graham Park said their members have been calling and emailing the Shooters Union office outraged about this latest assault. “It is shocking to see primary producers continually attacked by this government. First it was vegetation laws that would have decimated agriculture in Queensland and now by wanting to deny farmers the use of effective tools such as Cat H firearms to assist them in humane destruction of livestock and feral pests”.

“One Nation vehemently opposes putting more restrictions on salt-of-the-earth farmers while the drug dealers and Ice pushers do what they want.

“I am calling on all legitimate firearm owners in Queensland to contact their local Member of Parliament and protest this rubbish.

“One Nation will be actively working to overturn this”, Mr Dickson said.

23 February 2017

Million dollar pledge for Buderim Men’s Shed

Member for Buderim and Queensland One Nation leader Steve Dickson has committed to fund the construction of the new Buderim Men’s Shed under a One Nation-led Queensland Government.

“If a One Nation government is elected in Queensland, the Buderim Men’s shed will finally be able to construct and move into their new permanent home,” Mr Dickson said.

“The group, established in early 2011, currently operates from a temporary facility at Mill Rd in Buderim, generously provided by owners Dr. Bill Glasson and Prof. Claire Jackson.

“While the organisation has already raised $250,000, this extra funding boost will enable the Buderim Men’s Shed to create a permanent home.

“This special group do so much for our community and I want to ensure they can continue their good work.”

Buderim Men’s Shed President Rick Beasley said, “The funding will allow construction of a permanent facility.

“This contribution from One Nation will mean that we can continue to operate our organisation which provides a safe and friendly meeting place for men to work on projects, discuss health issues, make friends and learn new skills in the company of like-minded men.

In addition, the Buderim Men’s Shed will work with other non-profit organisations who will be able to make use of this facility.

Mr Dickson said the Buderim Men’s Shed was the biggest men’s shed group in Australia and deserved to be able to continue expanding and integrating with the community.

“The shed provides positive health and wellbeing outcomes for all those who take part and through this expansion the men will be able to take their strong community spirit and allow it to grow.”

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21 February 2017