Premier should dump vegetation laws to boost northern development

Premier should dump vegetation laws to boost northern development

The Queensland Premier should use her ‘State of the State’ speech in Townsville today to abandon her flawed vegetation management laws once and for all to help drive agricultural development in North Queensland.

AgForce General President Grant Maudsley said the Palaszczuk Government’s determination to bring back vegetation management laws rejected by the Parliament showed they were more interested in playing politics than developing good policy.

“With Townsville’s unemployment rate one of the highest in Queensland, the State Government should be doing everything they can to support local …

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Focus on Reef report positives, not negative navel gazing

Focus on Reef report positives, not negative navel gazing

The Queensland Government should be focussing on the positive outcomes being delivered to improve the health of the Great Barrier Reef rather than engaging in negative navel gazing about their failed vegetation management laws, AgForce said today.

AgForce General President Grant Maudsley said while more work needed to be done, the Reef 2050 Plan annual report showed an enormous amount of progress was being made in a short amount of time.

“Like all Australians, farmers want to ensure the Great Barrier Reef is protected and preserved for …

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Vegetation laws vote a ‘victory for common sense’

Vegetation laws vote a ‘victory for common sense’

AgForce has welcomed the Queensland Parliament’s decision to reject proposed changes to vegetation management laws that would have driven up food prices, stifled regional development and cost jobs.

AgForce General President Grant Maudsley said the defeat of the Palaszczuk Government’s ill-conceived laws now provided an opportunity to step back and develop a bipartisan, workable vegetation management policy that could stand the test of time.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s vegetation management laws were opposed by the agricultural sector, indigenous groups, the mining industry, the property industry and lawyers, among …

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Palaszczuk Government continues to mislead on vegetation facts

Palaszczuk Government continues to mislead on vegetation facts

The Palaszczuk Government is selectively using statistics and ramping up their Reef rhetoric in a desperate bid to shore up support for proposed vegetation management laws that will stifle development opportunities, cost jobs and drive up food prices.
AgForce General President Grant Maudsley said the 2014/15 Statewide Landcover and Trees Study (SLATS) report revealed that only about 0.2 per cent of woody vegetation cover is being cleared annually in Queensland.

“The primary focus of this report is measuring vegetation clearing, which is only part of the story. …

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Brisbane protest rally calls for ‘fair laws for farmers’

Brisbane protest rally calls for ‘fair laws for farmers’

Hundreds of farmers and supporters of agriculture took to the streets of Brisbane today to protest against proposed laws that could drive up food prices, stifle regional development and cost jobs.

AgForce General President Grant Maudsley said the Palaszczuk Government had shown a blatant disregard for how agriculture provides food for the tables of Queensland families, and for the people who produce it.

“Agriculture is one of the cornerstones of the Queensland economy and could grow from $17 billion a year to $30 billion a year …

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Bundaberg forum to focus on the future of agriculture

Bundaberg forum to focus on the future of agriculture

New trends in energy and telecommunications and what new biosecurity and vegetation management laws will mean for primary producers will be the focus of an AgForce forum in Bundaberg next week.

AgForce South-East Queensland regional president Neville Galloway said registrations were now open for the ‘Preparing for the Future with Ag’ forum at the Brothers Sports Club on Thursday 11 August.

“This forum is designed to help primary producers from right throughout south-east Queensland prepare for future challenges and opportunities in key areas that affect their businesses, …

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Reduce regulation to unlock Queensland agriculture’s full potential

Reduce regulation to unlock Queensland agriculture’s full potential

A draft Productivity Commission report released today shines the spotlight on the need to reduce the red tape burden on farm businesses to unlock Queensland agriculture’s full potential.

AgForce General President Grant Maudsley said the report highlighted that farm businesses were ‘subject to a vast and complex array of regulations’ at every stage of the supply chain and it was important these regulations were evidence based, effective and targeted.

“Farmers recognise that regulation is important, particularly in areas like biosecurity and food safety, but there is no …

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Farmers to protest in Brisbane streets as country comes to city

Farmers to protest in Brisbane streets as country comes to city

Farmers will take to the streets of Brisbane next month to protest against proposed land management laws that would drive up food prices, stifle regional development and cost jobs.

Rural advocacy group AgForce is organising the protest rally on 4 August– the first to be held in Brisbane in the organisation’s history – to coincide with the commencement of Ekka.

AgForce General President Grant Maudsley said the Ekka was when the country came to the city and it was a timely opportunity to send a message to …

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Billboards push for ‘fair laws for farmers’

Billboards urging Queenslanders to “support fair laws for farmers” go up in Brisbane, Bundaberg and Townsville this week to drive home the message that tougher vegetation management restrictions will cost jobs and push up food prices.

AgForce General President Grant Maudsley said the billboards were the next stage of AgForce’s “Fair Laws for Farmers” campaign and would be displayed for at least the next two months.

“Queensland agriculture has the potential to grow from $17 billion a year to $30 billion over the next decade, but that …

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Report exposes serious flaws with land laws

Report exposes serious flaws with land laws

AgForce has called for proposed changes to vegetation management laws to be dumped in the wake of a report exposing serious flaws with the laws and deep divisions in the Queensland Parliament.

AgForce General President Grant Maudsley said the release of the Agriculture and Environment Committee’s report hardened AgForce’s resolve to keep campaigning for “fair laws for farmers”.

“The Parliamentary committee was split down the middle as expected with Government members toeing the party line in support of the laws and non-Government members opposed to the changes,” …

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