THE Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party has made an eleventh hour decision to nominate a candidate for the seat of Mallee at next month's federal election.
Farmer and livestock agent Daniel Straub has been announced as the party's candidate for the seat.
He is the 12th candidate for nominate for Mallee.
"I live in Tandarra, between Bendigo and Echuca, and I've been in agriculture my whole working life," Mr Straub said.
"I used to run breeding ewes and growing lambs, and I've worked as a livestock agent and rural contractor.
Mr Straub said he was running on a platform of fewer restrictions on public land access and firearms.
"We are against the locking up and creation of new national parks that lock out recreational uses and then in turn become a haven for pest animals and weeds," he said.
"We also want to continue to fight for the rights of our law abiding firearms to have access to the available firearms for our particular uses, whether it's our sporting clays, hunting or pest control.
Mr Straub ran as a candidate for Murray Plains at last year's state election. He received 16.03 per cent of first preference votes, but lost to the National Party's Peter Walsh. He said many people had come to him in the months following the state election asking him to run in the national poll.
Mr Straub also supported heavier penalties for people trespassing on farms and more sustainable recreation activities in rural areas.
Other Mallee candidates are Science Party's Leigh Firman, Labor's Carole Hart, Independent Ray Kingston, Citizens' Electoral Council's Chris Lahy, United Australia Party's Rick Millar, Independent Cecilia Moar, Independent Jason Modica, Liberal Party's Serge Petrovich, Independent Allen Ridgeway, Greens candidate Nicole Rowan and National Party's Anne Webster.
People had a deadline of 12 noon on April 23 to lodge a candidate nomination application for the federal election.
The federal election will be held on May 18.
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