AgForce is calling on the State Government to order an independent study into the social and economic impacts of new vegetation management laws after it was revealed last week that none has been undertaken and none are planned.
The call follows last week’s meetings and rallies across the state which saw thousands of farmers and land holders turn out to express their concern and anger at the proposed law changes.
It was during those hearings by the Parliamentary Committee that saw State Government officials admit that no economic modelling had been prepared to consider the impact on agricultural production, and none was planned.
AgForce General President Grant Maudsley says there is widespread community concern about the flawed laws with farmers and council representatives.
“Local residents turned out in huge numbers to attend rallies and speak at public hearings right throughout Queensland. There is serious concern about the social and economic impact these laws will have on regional communities.”
“The effects of these harsh and unnecessary laws will flow right through the food supply chain, and ultimately a reduced supply of food combined with increased demand from a growing global population will mean higher food prices at the check-out.”
Mr Maudsley says in the same vein as last years’ defence land grab mooted by Canberra, a study the State Government commissioned proved a turning point.”
“The Palaszczuk Government was keen to assess the full impacts of proposed military training area expansions on the beef supply chain last year but seemingly has no interest in examining the potentially far more damaging impacts of their own laws.”
“No economic modelling has been done, and the scientific reports used to justify their flawed laws only examine how much vegetation has been cleared, not how much vegetation has grown. You can’t make good decisions when you are only looking at a small part of the picture.”
“The Federal Government backed down on their proposed Defence land grab, so why won’t the Queensland Government rethink their flawed vegetation management laws?”
“Let’s get this issue sorted once and for all and develop a long-lasting solution that is good for both agriculture and the environment. Our food is too important to be caught up in politics election after election.”