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President's Message

Hitting the ground running with new government

It took more than a month to finalise results. Now the 45th Parliament will sit for the first time, with a diverse group of elected officials promising interesting political times ahead. On behalf of the SSAA, I have congratulated our political supporters on their successful re-election and offered commiserations to those supporters who fell short at the July 2 poll.

While there are many who quietly support and defend our recreation, we welcomed the re-election of our public supporters: Bob Katter MP, Senator Bridget McKenzie, Senator David Leyonhjelm, Ian Goodenough MP and Senator Bob Day. I also extended our gratitude to Victorian Senator Ricky Muir and Tasmanian MP Eric Hutchinson, who were not re-elected.

Going forward, we have already sent newly elected parliamentarians a copy of our award-winning cookbook, Field to Fork - The Australian Game Cookbook, which illustrates a key motivation for why we hunt: to put fresh, free-range food on the table. I look forward to representing the SSAA and working productively with most of our newly elected officials and, as always, we will bring members the latest updates through the political arm of the SSAA, the SSAA Legislative Action (SSAA-LA) department. Make sure you subscribe to our E-newsletters, follow the SSAA National Facebook page and check our website for regular updates.

The Coalition has certainly hit the ground running, announcing funding to combat the real threat of illegal firearm imports, rather than the tired old approach of further policing law-abiding firearm owners who pose no threat to public safety. Reappointed Justice Minister Michael Keenan announced $3 million for the Victorian arm of the National Anti-Gang Squad (NAGS), $6.2 million for the Read more

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