SFP Senate Candidates, 2013 Federal Election
NSW #1 Senate Candidate - Karl Houseman
Karl spent a childhood in the outdoors on the bushy fringes of Sydney, and this experience has influenced his passion for and understanding of the outdoors. He has been involved in the arts, and has worked for two decades as an IT specialist and manager, now heading up IT for a company that turns over $500 million a year.
Karl is a regular salt- and freshwater fisherman, sharing the time with his children. He is a rifle and pistol shooter, and is part owner of the highly successful Australian Hunting Net (AHN) forum and President of the AHN hunting club. Karl understands the aspirations of ordinary working Australians, and as a “States Rights” advocate, will be an outspoken representative for NSW in the Federal Senate.
NSW Senate #2 Candidate -Jim Muirhead
Jim Muirhead is the Chairman of the Riverina Branch of the Shooters and Fishers Party. He calls himself a 50 per cent shooter, 50 per cent fisher, something that shows not only in his spare time but in his community involvement. He is active in shooting and angling clubs and organisations, holding official positions in many. Jim is passionate about rural issues – particularly Federal interference in the water rights of NSW farmers. Jim was one of the organisers in the River Red Gum Environment Alliance, an alliance of Community Organisations that fought long and hard to prevent the shutting down of the Timber Industry along the Murray.
“I believe in the sustainability of Rural NSW... like sensible water use, timber harvesting, fishing and hunting,” Jim says.
NT #1 Senate Candidate - Matt Graham
Matt Graham, 42, has been a keen angler, hunter, shooter and outdoorsman since he was a young fellow growing up on the Central Coast of NSW. After finishing school he moved to Armidale to study rural science and later began working in fishing and shooting retail. He subsequently built a successful hunting and fishing tourism business in that region. Matt first ventured to the NT in 2001 to establish a new safari hunting business, and in 2005 he purchased the well-known safari company Hunt Australia. He now divides his time between the safari work in the NT, NSW and the USA. Matt is married with three young children and has become an advocate for all recreational hunters, shooters and fishers.
NT #2 Senate Candidate - Chris Righton
Chris Righton has been fishing for trout for as long as he can remember, after growing up around Bunyip in Victoria. He took up hunting as a teenager, and before his 20th birthday he’d become a keen deer stalker and member of the Australian Deer Association. He has recently moved with his wife and son to the Northern Territory, where he also enjoys riding motorcycles, four-wheel driving and other outdoor activities. A carpenter by trade, Chris now works in a camping and fishing shop to be part of the things he is passionate about. Twenty-five year old Chris is the future face of our fight to protect our outdoor lifestyles.
QLD #1 Senate Candidate - David Curless
A shooter, fisher and boatie, David Curless stood as a candidate for KAP in the 2012 Queensland State elections, was a branch president for the party and represented it as the unelected Shadow Minister for National Parks, Sport, Recreation and Racing. His horticultural background, which includes work in catchments and Heritage areas, set him up for the role. David has been heavily involved in the community, earning two SES service medals, and is a member of the Rural Fire Service and a Scout leader. David is the ideal candidate to lead the SFP in Queensland.
SA #1 Senate Candidate - Matthew (Jess) Marks
Jess Marks has an intimate knowledge of firearms handling, safety, administration and legal requirements. He has more than 20 years experience in the industry as a manager of the Marksman indoor range in South Australia. A training specialist with a BA and other courses behind him, Jess is a qualified police firearms instructor. His hands-on understanding of how firearms laws affect safety, business and individual shooters is a real asset to the Shooters & Fishers. Jess is the ideal man to lead the party’s South Australian campaign.
TAS #1 Senate Candidate - Matthew Allen
Matthew Allen, 37, is a Tasmanian with a passion for the outdoors. He is a fourth generation hunter, and keen ATV rider. For 10 years he has been either President or Vice President of his local Australian Deer Association branch, and he has spent the past three years as Chairman of the Tasmanian Deer Advisory Committee along with other related roles. Matthew is a builder, carpenter and small businessman, and knows what Tasmanian businesses and workers face in the current political and economic situation. Matthew will be a strong advocate for Tasmania as a Senator in the Federal Parliament.
TAS #2 Senate Candidate - Shane Broadby
Shane Broadby was born and bred in Tasmania, and began hunting, fishing and camping from a very early age. Those trips, with close and extended family members, left a great legacy and now Shane guides tourists and teaches fly fishing as an accredited casting instructor. He has hunted and fished interstate and overseas, holds executive positions in local and state branches of the Australian Deer Association (ADA) and is an active member of the Tasmanian Deer Advisory Committee. As a Shift Process Plant Operator at a major Tasmanian smelter, Shane fully understands the vital need to nurture Tasmania’s economy and employment opportunities by giving sustainable industry its best chance to thrive. As the owner of his own lake-country retreat, he is equally aware of how the state must treasure its environment.
VIC #1 Senate Candidate - Terry Maloney
Terry Maloney is a dedicated fisher who has spent his life along the Murray River after being born in Albury and educated in Wangaratta. He has been actively involved in the fishing fraternity for more than 40 years, having helped establish his local Walbundrie Angling Club, of which he’s now a life member. Terry is also a foundation member of the renowned South West Anglers Association and has acted as its Secretary for almost two decades. For most of the past 10 years, he has been working on the Advisory Council of Recreational Fishing (ACoRF), dealing with four Ministers during that time and gaining invaluable political and lobbying experience. Meanwhile, Terry’s community involvement has extended to various committees and associations during his life, including the Rivers and Red Gum Alliance. A carpenter/builder with an interest in farming, Terry wants to see his six grandchildren experience the same outdoor freedoms he has always enjoyed.
VIC #2 Senate Candidate - Steven Malcolm
The Vice President of the Riverina Branch of the Shooters and Fishers Party, Steven Malcolm has an extensive background in transport, logistics and mechanics after a career spanning almost 30 years. For eight years of that time, he was self-employed, gaining a greater understanding of what so many Australians face in making a living today. At the same time, this keen fresh- and saltwater fisher has fought hard for anglers’ rights and access. Steven fought on both sides of the Murray River against National Parks and resultant lockouts of fishers and campers. He wants better access for fishing and camping and opposes the arbitrary bans imposed in Marine Parks. A sportsman, vehicle restoration enthusiast and amateur dramatist, Steven is passionate about his local community and is active in executive positions in numerous clubs and associations. In particular, he is the Vice President of the South West Anglers Association, the first angling body to take a position on the Murray Darling Basin Plan.
WA #1 Senate Candidate - Murray Bow
Murray Bow leads the WA branch of the Shooters & Fishers into the 2013 Federal Election. A man of great experience who has travelled extensively in WA, he has worked in the public and private sectors as a salesman, commercial pilot, events coordinator, flying instructor, real estate representative and manager; he served in the Army Reserve and is active in the Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade. Murray has been a keen shooter since his childhood, and he now hunts and is an International Shooting Sports Federation pistol shooter. He has held shooting club committee positions at both club and State level. Travelling and bush camping are favoured pastimes for Murray and his family, and Murray continues to fly, ride motorcycles, cycle, kayak and run for fitness.
WA #2 Senate Candidate - John Parkes
John Parkes campaigned for the Shooters & Fishers in the 2013 WA State election, nearly winning a second Upper House seat for the party and these same qualities have earned him a place as a WA candidate for the Federal Senate. John has the proven ability, passion and knowledge developed during 34 years of successful business ownership, where his motivation and ambition culminated in his early self-funded retirement – something that has allowed him to focus on legislative issues which affect Australians with a love of the outdoors.
“The people involved in shooting, fishing and outdoor activities feel disenfranchised by ever-increasing interference with and tightening of the laws already covering these pastimes,” he says. “The battle must be taken to the Federal Senate to stem the tide of poorly thought out legislation.”
Retirement has also allowed John to travel, enhance his property, hone his boating and fishing skills and enjoy regular hunting and shooting trips.