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Australian Fishing and Lifestyle Party (AFLP)

Postby Derek Bullock » Fri Sep 07, 2007 8:30 pm

On 21 August this year the Australian Fishing and Lifestyle Party was registered as a political party with the Australian Electoral Commission.

I quote from their fledgling website:
Our organization has been born of The Fishing Party (Qld) and used the opportunity presented by the need to re-register all small political parties to Change its name, broaden its base and look to represent many community sectors that are constantly being affected by bureaucratic empire builders.

Beyond just recreational fishing, outdoor recreation in so many guises, is being impacted on by a mentality which determines the best way to manage our parks and our environment is to lock people out.

This takes the form of recreational fishing bans in large areas of our countries waterways, banning access to many national parks and beaches for 4WD's, horse riders, trail bike riders, campers and kayaks. It manifests itself in restrictions to camping and caravaning, bush walking and even beekeeping and a general mindset which uses lockouts as the primary management tool, rather than explore other management options.

The Australian Fishing & Lifestyle Party take a view that locking Australian out of their own parks should be a last resort, only to be used in extreme circumstances and only when other management options have failed. A mindset which would see bush fires devastate communities rather than allow control burn-offs and hazard reduction.

We offer an alternative to the more extreme views of the environmental lobby that see those who use and enjoy the ecology as a major threat.

We believe those of us who use, enjoy and participate in hands on involvement with our parks and waterways have a vested interest in the protection and long term sustainability of them and will work towards ways of ensuring sustainable and sensible use.

Those who sit in the ivory towers and sip Café Latte in the cities will never understand what it is to truly enjoy our lifestyle and these are the people who would see that destroyed for a mindless ideology.

We enter this Federal election as a true alternative party. A party, which will attempt to bring some practical common sense to the management of our natural assets. A party, which, as The Fishing Party (Qld) made a significant impact at the last Federal election and a party which, with your help, can make an even bigger one this year.

Our lifestyle and plans for the future right to enjoy the fundamental connection that Australians have with the great outdoors is important is at our core. When you cast your vote for the Government you want to run this country for the next 3 years, please cast a vote for the lifestyle you want to enjoy into the future. A vote for The Australian Fishing & Lifestyle party IN THE SENATE will stop Bob Brown & The Greens, once again, holding sway over the senate and directly influencing Government policy making.

It's your lifestyle, its your Senate vote, please use it wisely.

Kevin Collins
Chairman


The website is currently http://fishingparty.com.au

This may well be something worth keeping an eye on. I have had some very rigorous debate with Kev over the years however I think we all as campers know the changes that have affected us so it may be time, and this may very well be the avenue to take the fight for the freedom to camp and access to camping areas to Canberra.

Regards


Derek
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Postby Derek Bullock » Fri Sep 07, 2007 8:34 pm

Further quote from Collins:
Australian Fishing and Lifestyle Party Chairman Kevin Collins says the party's main objective is to represent the rights of Australians who embrace an outdoor lifestyle as well as help protect the environment and keep it accessible.

"We are committed to maintaining a sense of social justice for all Australian people who enjoy lifestyle pursuits such as fishing, camping and hiking without degrading the environment," Mr Collins said.

"For too long, the Greens have pushed environmental agendas which result in lock-outs rather than sensible, sustainable management of our National Parks.

"These are our parks, they are not zoos.

"While we believe the environment needs to be protected, we also believe it is a fundamental right for all Australians to be given the opportunity to enjoy what our county has to offer."
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