Member for Northern Victoria Daniel Young last week successfully moved a motion that requires the Victorian Government to share documents that reveal what advice and information it uses in forming firearm regulations.
A member of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party, Mr Young received bipartisan support in Parliament for his motion for documents, which he raised in an attempt to provide transparency on what lies behind the government’s decision-making policies on firearm regulations.
Individual states determine the scope of firearm regulations within their respective jurisdictions.
Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan recently distanced himself from an expectation that states would adhere to recent changes to the National Firearms Agreement.
Mr Young believes the latest changes are unnecessary in Victoria and questions the process by which this has happened.
‘‘The proposed regulations are aimed at law-abiding firearm owners,’’ Mr Young said.
‘‘There is nothing to indicate law-abiding firearm owners do not abide by current regulations established in Victoria, and we question why they need to be changed or made more restrictive.
‘‘The documents requested for review will go a long way in providing transparency into what advice is given and how the state Police Minister uses this information in contributing to changes to the National Firearms Agreement.
‘‘It is disrespectful to firearm owners to make decisions that are made from baseless opinion, rather than facts and evidence.’’