Senate debates

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Motions

Hunting and Shooting

12:38 pm

Photo of Bridget McKenzieBridget McKenzie (Victoria, National Party) Share this | | Hansard source

Before moving general business notice of motion No. 584, I ask that the name of Senator Stoker be added to the motion. I, and also on behalf of Senators McMahon, Canavan, McDonald, Davey and Stoker, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Australia's hunters and shooters contributed 2.4 billion to our economy in 2018, while recreational hunting made a net contribution of $335 million, adding 3,300 jobs,

(ii) game hunting expenditure has created 2,383 jobs in the State of Victoria, 1,115 as a direct result of hunting expenditure and 1,268 of which were a result of flow-on effects (2013),

(iii) the economic impact of all hunting by game licence holders in Victoria is $177 million, with a flow-on impact of $262 million and a total impact of $439 million,

(iv) regional communities have missed out on considerable revenue from hunting as a result of the summer bushfires and COVID-19 pandemic, and

(v) hunters and shooters are more likely to meet sufficient physical activity requirements than the average Australian adult; and

(b) condemns state Labor Governments for:

(i) Failing to recognise and respect the considerable social, economic and environmental benefits of hunting and shooting to communities across regional Australia, and

(ii) their bias and discriminatory decision to restrict firearm and ammunition sales using the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse.

Question agreed to.

Photo of Katy GallagherKaty Gallagher (ACT, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Finance) Share this | | Hansard source

We'd like our position recorded on that motion; thank you.

Photo of Larissa WatersLarissa Waters (Queensland, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

Likewise, Mr President.

Photo of Scott RyanScott Ryan (President) Share this | | Hansard source

Likewise for the Greens.

12:39 pm

Photo of Malcolm RobertsMalcolm Roberts (Queensland, Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I'd like my support of the motion recorded.

Photo of Scott RyanScott Ryan (President) Share this | | Hansard source

Senator Roberts would like his support of the motion recorded.

Photo of Bridget McKenzieBridget McKenzie (Victoria, National Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I'd like the coalition government's decision recorded as well.

Photo of Scott RyanScott Ryan (President) Share this | | Hansard source

You moved it, Senator McKenzie.