Anglers cast out Labor votes

ANGLERS on the Fraser Coast, especially in Hervey Bay, are responsible for much of the massive swing against the Labor government in the weekend’s election, according to local lobby group Sunfish.

Sunfish chair Scott Mitchell said swings to both Paul Neville and Warren Truss in Hinkler and Wide Bay showed the depth of feeling in those electorates.

Mr Mitchell said the swing away from Labor’s Belinda McNeven in Hinkler was the third highest in the state, and was even larger in Hervey Bay, where she should have polled much better.

He said a candidate survey done by Sunfish and published on the Fraser Coast and on line just before the election showed Labor was out of touch with recreational fishing in the region.

Most recent decisions have involved restricting recreational fishing areas.

Mr Neville and Mr Truss had said they would support proper consultation with all stakeholders. Labor candidates supported the party vastly increasing no-fishing zones.

“Labor and the Greens have continually relied on overseas lobbyists making their decisions for them on marine issues and were threatening to close vast new areas to fishing,” Mr Mitchell said.

“Anglers in this region have been shafted one too many times recently.

“No candidate can survive an election when 70 per cent of all households in the electorate have at least one person, a recreational angler, who could passionately oppose what they are doing”.


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