The Queensland Governments vegetation management laws have been introduced into State Parliament.
The moves, labelled as ‘anti-Farmer’, and ‘industry killer’ by Ag groups and economists will now be sent to the Natural Resources and Agricultural Committee, which is due to report back to parliament on April 23.
There’s still no word on the committee holding consultation meetings in regional areas and the State Opposition says the laws are nothing more than Labor pay back to the greens.
LNP leader Deb Frecklington labels the laws “An unfair attack” on farmers.
“Instead of supporting farmers Annastacia Palaszczuk is tying them up in more red tape and threatening their ability to grow the food we put on our tables and the fibre we put on our backs.”
“I will do all I can to convince Queenslanders that this legislation is bad not just for regional Queensland but the south east as well- It will affect housing affordability, it will affect food security and it will make battling drought much more difficult.”
LNP opposition natural resources spokesman Dale Last is also highly critical and says the new laws means it’ll be impossible for farmers to develop new land.
“Labor’s laws will mean we can’t supply more Queensland avocados, mangoes and macadamia nuts. They’ll mean Queensland will be forced to import more fruit, vegetables and nuts, even though we have the ability to grow our own here.”
“Smashed avocado, mango salsa and chocolate-covered macadamia nuts are better if they come from Queensland. Clearly Labor doesn’t understand and doesn’t care about growing Queensland agriculture.”
Natural Resources Minister Anthony Lynham says the Government will work to improve the State-wide Landcover and Trees Study (SLATS) to better identify where vegetation thickening had occurred.
AgForce says the government’s stance fails to recognise the importance of agriculture to the Queensland economy, saying the laws are flawed.
“AgForce is once again asking the Palaszczuk Government to show real leadership and work genuinely with those most affected by these laws to come up with a long-lasting solution to this issue.”