ONE of the big guns of the Shooters and Fishers Party's has arrived in Tasmania to boost the group's push for a federal Senate seat.
New South Wales MLC Robert Brown will tour the state with the party's lead Senate candidate for Tasmania, Matthew Allen - a 37-year-old carpenter from Perth who is chairman of the Tasmanian Deer Advisory Committee.
Mr Brown, who holds the balance of power in the NSW Legislative Council with colleague Robert Borsak, said he and Mr Allen would meet constituents from Launceston, Hobart and the Midlands.
The Shooters and Fishers are enjoying their most successful political period since forming in 1992, having won their first upper house seat in Western Australia in March this year.
Mr Brown said the party's agenda reflected the concerns of rural and regional Tasmanians, namely rising unemployment, the demise of traditional industries and the right to enjoy outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing and off-roading.
"Tasmania for decades has had viable industries that make it an ideal place to live and work," Mr Brown said.
"Forestry, commercial fishing... Now you guys are three minutes to midnight. You need some young blokes with fire in their belly to stand up and sort this situation out."
Mr Brown rejected the "right-wing" tag that is often attached to the party, stating that Shooters and Fishers supporters came from all walks of life.
"Across the country we have taken votes off Labor, the Liberals, the Nationals ... the only ones who we would probably butt heads with are the Greens," he said.
"A lot of people think that because we are called the Shooters and Fishers, we're only interested in recreational activities.
"But you only have to look at the scoreboard and see that we can offer things that the major parties can't."
Mr Allen said he was a fourth generation hunter, and a keen all-terrain- vehicle rider.
He said his motivation to enter politics came from a desire to provide a good life for his son Hayden.