On the eve of both the Cootamundra and Murray by-elections and trying to ride the wave of Las Vegas emotion the NSW Nationals, who are living in fear of another Orange backlash, wheeled out two old fossils in vein hope of securing a last minute fear vote.
John Howard and Tim Fischer have both co-signed a letter “pleading” for the public not to vote for the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party in both NSW by-elections this weekend citing “muh Port Arthur” and “muh legacy”.
Here is the letter in question:
The usual lie about no mass shootings, no mention of NZ not having mass shootings despite having far less restrictive gun laws, no mention of Man Monis or Rick Maddison and the rest making his “bans” irrelevant, etc.
All in all, predictable emotive rhetoric that doesn’t stand up to scrutiny from two old fossils suffering from relevance deprivation syndrome.
Predictably, John Howard pulled out the Port Arthur card. Guess what John, that doesn’t work anymore. And the Nationals’ Tim Fischer, the same guy who claimed in 1993 “they’ll never take our guns” then rolled over in 1996 – another “courageous” politician with Australia’s interests in mind.
The Nationals have even resorted to cynically putting these street signs out and outright lying by claiming the SFFP want “US style gun laws”:
The graduate interns at the Nationals hard at work there. Nothing says desperate more than putting the silhouette of a firearm that most Australians’ cannot touch legally anyway, in the hopes of scaring the electorate. The SFFP have not once lobbied for US style gun laws.
Firearms aside, the Nationals have a hell of a lot to answer for over Council Amalgamations, Greyhounds and now the ongoing disputes over Water. That is exactly what happened at Orange and this is the mountain they have to climb.
To add to that, they rolled over on command on the new NSW Draft Firearm Regulations which we have already seen the effect on NSW farmer David Dunstan. That very case has seen Dunstan now have to show cause as to why his firearm licence should not be cancelled and his wife being ordered not to store firearms in the same residence. John Barilaro really going into bat for his constituents there.
The fact the Nationals’ are going hard on guns and hoping to use Las Vegas and Port Arthur as their major selling points just tells you they are palpably fearful and have nothing else to offer the electorate.
Remember this when you cast your vote on October 14th – the Nationals are friends of the Liberal Party.
They are not your friend.