MEDIA RELEASE

2 April 2020

 

Let people fish and hunt, say Liberal Democrats colleagues Tim Quilty and David Limbrick

Liberal Democrats MPs, Tim Quilty for Northern Victoria, and David Limbrick for the South Eastern Metropolitan region are pressuring the Victorian Government to allow people to fish and hunt. This follows an announcement yesterday that fishing would continue to be allowed in NSW.

Tim Quilty says that the rules in Victoria allow people to leave their house to get food or to exercise – and fishing and hunting should fall under this category.

“To be clear, I am not suggesting that anybody should ignore social distancing, but this can easily be maintained by hunters and fishers. Many country people cannot just duck out to the supermarket, so fishing and hunting falls under that category,” Mr Quilty said.

“In the regions there is plenty of room, so there is no reason why people should not be allowed forms of safe recreation. I have advised constituents that if they are questioned by police while fishing that they should explain you have left the house to get food. If they order you to stop, I recommend you comply but report it to my office so we can sort it out.”

Mr Limbrick said cooping people up until June 29 was too much to ask.

“We should continue social distancing by all means, but surely sensible forms of recreation can continue. In particular we cannot expect to lock up our children for that long,” he said.

“I understand that the Government have had to keep their messaging simple in the early stages, but if they cannot make a few sensible exceptions, the public might not take any of their directions seriously.”

Mr Quilty and Mr Limbrick are currently discussing these matters with the responsible Ministers.

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