Riverina Shooters and Fishers Party chair Jim Muirhead (pictured) has nominated for the Federal Senate.
Mr Muirhead is the party’s number two candidate and this will be his second shot at a Senate seat.
He was the party’s number one senate candidate in 2010 but failed to get the numbers needed for election.
Mr Muirhead only announced his intentions to stand this week following Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s decision to call the federal election for September 7.
The decline and poor treatment of rural Australia led to his decision, Mr Muirhead, who is based in Finley, said.
‘‘I am still really peeved that country issues are not being heard — we still seem to be left out of the equation,’’ he said.
‘‘It drives me mad.
‘‘I’m over the city-based politicians and bureaucrats dictating how we should live in the country.’’
Mr Muirhead said one of the party’s key election policies was based around utilising and not locking up the environment.
He said the policy — the Shooters and Fishers Party strongly supports the right of access to public lands and waters for all recreational users to undertake lawful recreational activities — could be useful in the fight for changes in the use of local National Parks.
‘‘The timber issues, while a state issue, can flow on to federal,’’ he said.
‘‘Federal Minister Tony Burke weighed in on the National Parks debate and suggested they be placed under federal control.
‘‘If Labor is re-elected, it may try and get control of National Parks and then things would be even worse.
‘‘If (Tony) Abbott gets it, there will be a hostile senate.’’
Mr Muirhead said he and his party were also passionate about improving farming and water policies.
‘‘(Senator) Robert Brown, in 2010, put a motion up against the Water Act 2007 .
‘‘We believe the Act needs to be revisited and changed, especially in relation to the socio-economic factors.
‘‘We, people, are part of the environment and I believe the Murray-Darling Basin Plan should not be signed off on until it’s fixed. The whole thing is a shamozzle in my books.’’
Mr Muirhead, if elected, would be a senator for NSW.
The Shooters and Fishers Party has candidates for each state (except the ACT).
‘‘We’re not scared to stand up,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re the only party in the whole world like us.’’
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