As the Premier returns to the Coast after a few whistle-stop and press the flesh appearances across the South and Central West key farming and agricultural bodies are describing her new government as one hell bent on farmer bashing.
AgForce says this is a government that is failing to act in good faith.
President Grant Maudsley says landholders could not have any confidence in the Palaszczuk Government.
By completely rejecting previous parliamentary committee recommendations and failing to obtain and release all the relevant data, AgForce does not believe the Palaszczuk government is acting in good faith on this ‘Groundhog Day’ issue, or acting in the interests of all Queenslanders.
“The Queensland Government has been using satellite imagery for years to examine vegetation clearing, but they don’t or won’t measure regrowth and how much vegetation has thickened,” Mr Maudsley said.
“With technology improving and becoming cheaper all the time, why is the Queensland Government only interested in using satellites to look at half the picture?”
$60 billion is the figure farming groups are putting on the cost of restrictions the laws, due to be re-introduced to Parliament in August will cost the sector and the nation.
The controversial tree laws that were previously rejected by parliament in August 2016 and the ag sector believes that the second belt at introducing the laws is a Labor politically driven move taken to firm up green support for South East Queensland seats in the last state election.
Mr Maudsley says AgForce does not seek open slather, but common sense is needed.
“That means looking at all the facts, not just some of them. There are tens of thousands of rural landholders in Queensland and the fact there were just three prosecutions in 2016-17 for illegal clearing showed the vast majority were doing the right thing.”
“AgForce doesn’t condone landholders deliberately engaging in any illegal activity, and with the department monitoring land use changes via satellite every 16 days, anyone who has deliberately or accidentally cleared where they shouldn’t have will be identified fairly quickly,” he said.
“That’s why we strongly urge landholders to get a Property Map of Assessable Vegetation (PMAV) if they haven’t already to lock in what can and can’t be cleared.”