Shooters and Fishers Party MLC Robert Borsak and candidate for the Upper House, Parkes man Steve Lee kicked off an 11 day bus tour of regional NSW on Monday – departing from Parkes.
Mr Borsak said the bus trip would give the Party the opportunity to talk directly to communities in regional NSW.
The tour will cover 3,500 kilometres and take in Dubbo, Coonabarabran, Inverell, Moree, Tenterfield, Casino, Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, South West Rocks, Armidale, Uralla, Guyra, Tamworth, Cessnock, Newcastle, Lithgow, Orange, Young, Boorowa, Cowra, Wagga, Hay, Griffith, West Wyalong, Forbes and back to Parkes.
Mr Lee and his family arrived in Parkes from Broken Hill some nine years ago, and he is well known for his stance and high profile with weapons.
He also stood on the Shooters ticket in 2007 and 2011.
“Four years ago, then Premier Barry O’Farrell promised to ‘kick-start’ regional NSW,” said Mr Borsak.
“Instead, the Liberal / Nationals have kicked them in the teeth.”
Mr Borsak said the National Party had been missing in action over the past four years.
“The National Party has become irrelevant. It’s not entirely their fault, but unfortunately they can’t get anything through the combined Party room meetings with the Liberal Party.”
Mr Lee said that farmers felt badly let down by the Nationals refusal to support common sense changes on native vegetation laws put forward by the Shooters and Fishers Party. “They wimped out.”
“For 16 years in opposition they promised things would be different when they came into Government, but nothing has changed,” said Mr Lee.
Mr Borsak said a key part of the trip would be speaking with law abiding firearm owners who have been targeted by the Liberal / National Government.
‘Can anyone tell me how making law abiding firearm owners in Parkes jump through an increasing number of hoops has any impact on gun crime in South-West Sydney?” asked Mr Borsak.
“The Shooters and Fishers Party will continue to fight for the rights of all law abiding firearm owners, fishers, 4WDers, farmers and regional communities across NSW – even if the National Party won’t.”