Since he came into Parliament in 2010, Robert Borsak has built a reputation as a fearless representative and advocate for shooters, hunters, fishers, and farmers across NSW. Outspoken and principled, Robert has consistently fought for the rights of everyday Australians to live their lives without undue constraint.
Born in Sydney and schooled in Ashfield, Robert has spent most of his life as a successful businessman and accountant, during which time he has been chairman of the Brooker Holdings Group, manufacturers of aluminium boats and trailers, and many other companies.
Robert was elected as the Shooters and Fishers Party MLC in the Upper House following the sudden death of his friend and colleague Roy Smith in 2010. “Semi-retired” at the time Robert was the only real choice after having worked closely with the Shooters MP John Tingle and Robert Brown.
Robert has served as Chairman of the Shooters and Fishers Party, strategically ensuring the growth and success of the Party. Prior to being elected, Robert also acted as Chairman of the ground-breaking Game Council of NSW, which set the standard for conservation hunting in Australia.
Robert enjoys all forms of hunting and fishing.
He continues to live in Ashfield with his wife Cheryl, whom he met while scouting, and is the proud father of three children and two grandchildren.
He resents shooters and hunters being viewed or treated by anyone as a criminal in waiting. He has been a staunch advocate for various groups who are culturally under attack by the Greens and the major parties.
Roy lives in Mendooran along with his wife and three kids. His work has taken him across the vast Barwon district.
Roy understands that his constituents need a real voice for the bush in Macquarie Street, not someone who will just toe the party line.
Roy believes that kids in his community deserve the same opportunities in life as those living in Sydney.
Watch Roy's Inaugural speech here.
Mark Banasiak is a high school teacher with 15 year’s experience in NSW public schools receiving recognition at both a regional and ministerial level for excellence in education delivery.
The keenest of recreational hunters and fishers, Mark has been involved in various associations and groups for over 15 years. He is currently the Chair of Federation of Hunting Clubs which has grown from 36 to 51 clubs under his leadership.
Mark is passionate about advancing the rights, freedoms and cultures of all law-abiding shooters, fishers and farmers.
Mark understands that Regional NSW, under the major parties, has been getting a raw deal.
Watch Mark's Inaugural speech here.
Philip Donato is the first Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party MP elected to the Lower House of any Parliament in Australia.
Mr Donato, a Police Prosecutor for 16 years, was elected as Member for Orange in a by-election on 12 November 2016 with the largest swing in New South Wales political history.
He knows that the National Party has forgotten regional NSW as they just do whatever the Liberal Party tells them.
Philip Donato is a strong advocate for the Central West and leaves no holds barred when it comes to fighting for his community.
He has been able to force the Government to deliver millions of dollars of funding and representation to his district. Only Philip Donato can hold both major parties to account.
Helen is a farmer and former teacher with a proven track record in fighting for farmers rights, especially on water and property rights. She is a mother of four and the Nuffield scholar.
Helen is passionate about rural communities, the environment and getting regional and rural areas issues heard.
Helen is holding the Nationals to account in her district of Murray for failing to stand up for the rights of farmers in the Murray Darling Basin Plan and the River Red Gums.
She will be contesting the Murray district for the Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party after narrowly being defeated in the 2017 Murray by-election.
Helen is a true country representative who understands the city country divide has delivered poor outcomes for her community which often suffers from the tyranny of distance.
Watch Helen's Inaugural speech here.