Parliament Human Rights Committee Chairman supports softening gun laws
Photo: On October 11th Mr. Ian Goodenough, Federal Member for Moore, was elected Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights.Federal Member for Moore, Mr. Ian Goodenough expressed his support for the controversial bill that liberalises gun laws in Australia easing access to the Adler shot guns. “Adler lever-action shotgun should be classed no higher than Category “B” on technical grounds.” – Mr. Goodenaugh Tweeted.
In clear attempt to dismiss opinion of critics he added what can be seen as somewhat arrogant comment: “The hype is unnecessary”. He did not react to Tweets of Australians concerned for safety of their families.
Later he endorsed controversial changes in the Australian gun laws:
In July 2015, the Abbott government decided to suspend imports of the Adler A110 amid concerns it undermined the Howard-era National Firearms Agreement, which heavily restricted the availability of powerful, rapid-fire guns in Australia following the Port Arthur massacre.
Should a person supporting liberalisation of the gun laws that may potentially lead to an increase of violence in Australia be a Chairman of Human Rights Committee?
Mr. Tony Abbot expressed his concern and publicly criticised the Liberal government. “Disturbing to see reports of horse-trading on gun laws. ABCC [The Australian Building and Construction Commissioner – ed.] should be supported on its merits,” Mr Abbott wrote.
Mr. Goodenough opinion is not original idea but rather coincides with current expectations of the Australian Liberal Government. It was Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull who in desperate search for support to reinstate the building industry watchdog The Australian Building and Construction Commissioner (ABCC), decided to trade the liberalised gun laws for the vote of crossbench senator David Leyonhjelm. Mr. Leyonhjelm wants an end to the ban on importing lever-action Adler shotguns.
The Coalition is negotiating passage of its legislation though the upper house with crossbench senators, including Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm, who claims the government has welched on a deal to relax gun laws in exchange for his support.
Mr. Leyonhjelm has been a long-time gun activist. As Saturday Paper reported Leyonhjelm and fellow senator Bridget McKenzie have both taken advantage of other parliamentary venues to advance shooters’ rights. In February this year they supported a soiree held by the firearms industry for about 65 politicians and staffers in Parliament House’s Mural Hall, according to the website of the co-host, the Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia.
The Federal Labor Member for Cowan, Ms Ann Aly expressed her opinion about the Coalition attempt to liberalise the gun laws in exchange for votes in the Senate with the icon symbolising circus.
Mr. Goodenough’s stance on gun laws should alarm the Australian human rights activists since he has just been nominated as Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights. Should a person who supports liberalisation of law guns that may lead to an increase of violence be a Chairman of Human Rights Committee? Federal Member for Moore appears to value loyalty for the party more than concern for the safety of Australian families, their basic human right.