Land Laws Need To Be Scrapped Not Just Tinkered With

Land Laws Need To Be Scrapped Not Just Tinkered With

The Palaszczuk Government needs to scrap all of its proposed changes to vegetation management laws and start the process again, not just tinker around the edges, if it is serious about growing agriculture and creating jobs in regional Queensland, AgForce said today.

AgForce General President Grant Maudsley said media reports the Palaszczuk Government was likely to dump the reverse onus of proof part of their proposed laws was a “Clayton’s compromise” that was always going to happen.

“Reversing the onus of proof would have made farmers guilty until they proved their innocence and was criticised by respected industry organisations including the Queensland Law Society so it is no surprise the Queensland Government will move to drop that element of their proposed laws,” he said.

“This is the compromise you have when you are not really compromising and we would hope MPs like Peter Wellington and Billy Gordon aren’t fooled by such transparent political tricks.

“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.

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

“If the Palaszczuk Government was serious about creating more jobs in regional Queensland, they would scrap these proposed laws altogether, hit the reset button and start the process over again.

“AgForce have always said we are willing to work through a science and evidence based process on this legislation.

“Farmers just want a fair go. All we are asking for is fair laws for farmers.”

More information about AgForce’s campaign is available at www.fairlawsforfarmers.com

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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.

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