Speeches

07
Sep

Field & Game Australia

Speeches

MR RICH-PHILLIPS (South Eastern Metropolitan) — I congratulate Field & Game Australia on hosting another successful politicians clay target shoot last week. The event, at Willowmavin in central Victoria, was a great opportunity to introduce members of Parliament to recreational shooting, culminating in a lighthearted competition between 19 teams aligned to the different political parties who participated on the day. In all, around 100 MPs and staff took advantage of the event to get a better understanding of recreational shooting and hunting. Following the competition, participants enjoyed a light lunch which showcased dishes based on various game meats. A gundog demonstration in the afternoon highlighted the wider skill sets used in hunting beyond basic shooting ability.

Field & Game Australia has been referred to as 'Australia's most surprising conservationists', recognising the role its members have played in preserving and restoring natural habitat for recreational use, and the skill, commitment and respect its members bring to sustainable game hunting. It is important that Victorian parliamentarians have an understanding of shooting and hunting issues, and Field & Game Australia are to be commended for providing an opportunity for better engagement and understanding.
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