Parliament House protest to urge support for ‘fair laws for farmers’

As the Brisbane Show or EKKA kicks off at Bowen Hills in the State Capital on Friday, Farmers are planning to commence the rural messaging for city folk a day early.

Qld parliamentAbout 3 kilometres or so up the Road from the Ekka grounds, famers will marshal and march on Thursday as they lead a Grand Parade of Protest to the doors of Parliament House.

AgForce General President Grant Maudsley says primary producers would march down George Street to Parliament House from 12.30pm on Thursday 4 August to call for ‘fair laws for farmers’.

“The Queensland Labor Government has shown their complete disregard for the agricultural sector by introducing politically driven changes to the Vegetation Management Act at a time when their own data has shown there has been an increase in woody vegetation cover,”

“The Palaszczuk Government’s proposed vegetation management laws will make it harder for us to grow our businesses, which means fewer job opportunities in regions crying out for more jobs.”

Mr Maudsley says the timing for the protest is no mistake.

ekka“The Ekka is when the country comes to the city and when show-goers get the opportunity to learn more about where their food comes from and how it is produced, so it is a good time to send a message to the Queensland Government to stop attacking farmers for just doing their job.”

“These laws are so flawed that even the Government’s own corporation Ergon put in a submission warning the changes could mean higher electricity prices and connection delays,” he said.

Mr Maudsley says governments need to remember that it is farmers who are the proud custodians of their land and AgForce has always been willing to work through a science and evidence based process on this legislation.

“But the State Government has been more interested in appeasing extreme green views than developing good policies.”