John Tingle, the founder of the Shooters Party, died on Friday at the age of 90, his daughter told ABC journalist Laura Tingle on Saturday morning.
A former broadcaster, Tingle founded the Shooters Party – now the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party – in 1992 and was elected to the NSW Upper House in 1995, serving for 11 years as the party’s sole parliamentary representative.
Tingle kicked off a single issue party focused on gun laws after a lunch with former police minister Ted Pickering to discuss proposed changes to the law.
“I said, ‘Look, Ted, if you put these laws in place, the shooters will become political.’ He replied, “No, they won’t, they’re too disorganized, too inactive, too lazy to get off their bums and do something,” he said. Herald when he announced his retirement in 2005.
“By the end of the week we had 1000 members. I didn’t really want to start a political party. It was a joke to put the wind up in Ted, but it took off and I stuck with it, he said.
Before entering politics, Tingle had a long career as a broadcaster, including on the ABC, 2GB and 2CH.
“He was my biggest encourager, fan and critic in my professional life and so proud that I had followed him into journalism,” Laura wrote in a tribute to her father on Saturday morning.
“He taught me at 15 what was the most important question to ask, encouraged me to tackle the small and mean people in politics and not be afraid to celebrate the transformative people and moments it sometimes gives us. And to always report what you believe to be true.”
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