AgForce launches ‘Fair Laws for Farmers’ campaign

AgForce launches ‘Fair Laws for Farmers’ campaign

Queenslanders are being urged to get behind AgForce’s new ‘Fair Laws for Farmers’ campaign to help farmers grow their businesses, create jobs and produce more food and fibre.

AgForce General President Grant Maudsley said the campaign would include billboards, a dedicated website, social media posts and protest rallies to drive home the message that proposed changes to vegetation management laws will do more harm than good and should be scrapped.

“Queensland agriculture has the potential to grow from $17 billion a year to $30 billion over the next decade, delivering new jobs and opportunities in our regions. But to grow, we need sensible land management laws,” he said.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s proposed changes to vegetation management laws will drive up food prices, shut down regional development and ultimately cost jobs.

“The laws would reverse the onus of proof making farmers guilty until they prove their innocence – a change that has outraged the Queensland Law Society. This would leave farmers with fewer rights than murderers and bikie gangs.

“Farmers just want a fair go. We’re calling on all Queenslanders to support fair laws for farmers.”

Mr Maudsley said AgForce would be crowdfunding to support the campaign via a new website – www.fairlawsforfarmers.com – with the money raised to assist with costs like paying for billboards.

“We are looking to get our message out to as many people as possible in Brisbane and in the regions, but exactly what we can do will be determined by much we raise through crowdfunding,” he said.

Mr Maudsley said the level of anger in regional Queensland about the unfair laws was palpable.

“Right across Queensland, landholders are telling us they want to take direct action targeting the politicians who support these ridiculous laws,” he said.

“In coming weeks, there will be a range of different protest rallies and other events organised starting with a rally in Lakeland in Far North Queensland this Saturday.

“In addition, we have been filming landholders across the state telling their stories in their own words about how the proposed vegetation management laws will affect them. These videos will be regularly rolling out on our social media platforms and the new website starting from today.

“Farmers are sick and tired of being kicked around like a political football on this issue, with 18 major changes and 38 amendments to vegetation management laws since 1999.

“We want fair laws that provide certainty to landholders and stand the test of time. We want fair laws that allow farmers to get on with the job of producing high quality food and fibre for Australia and the rest of the world.”

Queenslanders can join the conversation on social media with #FairLaws4Farmers.

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AgForce has been the unifying voice for Queensland's beef, sheep and grain producers since 1999. Our strength continues through our membership and a strategic vision to secure the productivity, profitability and sustainability of the agribusiness sector.

1 Comment on "AgForce launches ‘Fair Laws for Farmers’ campaign"

  • Tree’s and cattle can be farmed and managed successfully with correct spacings for trees and grass to grow. These pen pushers haven’t a clue and have to get real. Population is going to grow. Humans have to be fed. Land has to be available to produce the goods. Count me in for donations and protest rallies.

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