Cessnock Voters Should Beware of Shooters Party

Media Release 16.6.11

Cessnock Voters Should Beware of Shooters Party

Cessnock Greens Councillor James Ryan is calling on Cessnock residents not to vote for the Shooters Party after 12,000 people rallied in
Sydney to protest draconian new industrial laws which passed through the NSW Upper house with the support of the Shooters Party.

Clr Ryan attended a rally in Newcastle yesterday protesting the laws as a member of Fire Brigade Employees Union.

“These past weeks have seen the shocking events of the Shooters Party and Fred Nile’s Christian Democrats voting with the Liberal Party to bring
in legislation which will cripple the pay and conditions of NSW public servants and emergency service workers,” Clr Ryan said.

“Statistically, Cessnock residents are twice as likely to vote for the Shooters Party than the rest of NSW. At the March 2011 NSW Election
7.5% of people in Cessnock voted for the Shooters Party in the Upper House, compared with 3.6% across all of NSW. When combined with the
Christian Democrats nearly 10% of Cessnock voters supported these two parties in the Upper House.

“Anyone in Cessnock who voted for the Shooters Party should realise that their vote has now been used to make sure that the pay and
conditions of over 400,000 Police, Ambulance Workers, Nurses, Teachers, Firefighters and other public servants are at the total
mercy of the Liberal Party.

“For 100 years NSW has had the independent umpire of the Industrial Relations Commission acting as an objective authority to balance the
demands of unions with the ability of business and governments to pay.’

“Now the Liberal Government has changed the rules and the Industrial Relations Commission can no perform its tradional role – it will be
compelled to do exactly what the Liberals want. This is not a fair approach by the Government. It is not fair on working people and their
families.

“I believe those people in Cessnock who voted for the Shooters did so because of their policies on guns and recreational shooting, not
because they believed the Shooters would vote to downgrade working conditions for around 400,000 people.’

“The voters of Cessnock need to think about what happened last week. If parties, like the Shooters, are going to support legislation which
is harmful to average working families, then don’t vote for them,” Clr Ryan said.

James Ryan  0414 922 591

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