Sent: Sunday, December 04, 2011 11:49 PM
To: Brian Zimmerman
Subject: Re: Your Vote (reply)
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From: Brian Zimmerman
Sent: Tuesday, July 05, 2011 11:09 PM
Subject: RE: Your Vote
Hello Gordon,The best way to answer your question would be to say that I am a member of several shooting associations.Yes I do know about the LnP’s actual voting regarding the new bill, and they did not actually cross the floor as the LNP’s intention was to always approve it.If you want to chat about issues and concerns for the Gaven electorate or Queensland for that matter, please do not hesitate to call me on Ph 0411 179 364.Kind Regards
Thank you Brian, your comments have been passed on.
Brian this is an extract from comment by Rob Harrold, Shooters Union: http://www.foaa.com.au/latest-news/
‘To explain, as a general rule, when a vote is taken in Parliament, it’s by show of hands and it’s so quick that nobody knows who voted for what. When a division is called, the vote is taken much more graphically. If the bill is presented by the government, those who wish to vote FOR the bill cross the floor to the government’s side of the House. Those who wish to vote AGAINST the bill cross the floor to the opposition’s side of the House. If there are 5 or more to vote against the bill, the names are recorded in Handsard. This is the process that occurred when the Weapons Act was originally voted in and when registration was voted for as well. On that occasion (1996), the only one who voted against the bill was Liz Cunningham.
Last Tuesday, there were six who voted against the bill: the Independents Liz Cunningham, Dorothy Pratt, Rob Messenger and Chris Foley and the two Katter’s Australian Party members Aiden McLindon and Shane Knuth.
Whilst some of the opposition spoke during the debate, ALL of them crossed the floor to vote with the government – again! Only those six stood up for shooters.’
So I’m not sure about the floor crossing procedure- but it certainly seems that no LNP stood against it despite their supposed protests.
Hence we are looking for a candidate that will stick up for his constituents if he says he will!!