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 …

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‘Fair Laws For Farmers’ campaign hits Emerald streets

‘Fair Laws For Farmers’ campaign hits Emerald streets

The ‘Fair Laws for Farmers’ campaign hits the streets of Emerald today with local graziers holding a ‘roundabout rally’ to drive home the message that tougher vegetation management restrictions will cost jobs and push up food prices.

AgForce state councillor and Middlemount grazier John Baker said proposed changes to vegetation management laws supported by local State and Federal Labor politicians would stifle Central Queensland’s development and leave farmers with fewer rights than murderers and bikies.

“The proposed new laws will mean Central Queensland farmers will face new …

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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 …

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New land management laws would increase food prices and cost jobs

New land management laws would increase food prices and cost jobs

Proposed changes to vegetation management laws will drive up food prices, stifle regional development and cost jobs, AgForce General President Grant Maudsley said today.

Mr Maudsley made the comments during a presentation to the Agriculture and Environment Committee’s public hearing in Brisbane examining the proposed new laws.

Mr Maudsley said Queensland farmers were fed up with vegetation management laws being used as a political football.

“Since 1999, Queensland primary producers have borne the brunt of 18 major changes and 38 amendments to vegetation laws,” he said.

“This has left …

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North Qld’s development crippled by new vegetation laws

North Qld’s development crippled by new vegetation laws

High value agricultural development and job opportunities will be lost in North Queensland as a result of proposed changes to vegetation management laws, AgForce said today.

Visiting Townsville and Charters Towers today, AgForce General President Grant Maudsley said the Palaszczuk Government and the Shorten Opposition had both pledged to introduce tougher vegetation management restrictions that would bring northern development to a grinding halt.

“The beef industry is a significant employer and income-earner in North Queensland, yet state and federal Labor politicians want to stop the industry from …

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Federal Labor’s vegetation management intervention ‘disgraceful’

Federal Labor’s vegetation management intervention ‘disgraceful’

Federal Labor’s announcement it would override states to introduce tougher vegetation management restrictions was purely a political ploy to shore up Greens preferences, AgForce Queensland said today.

AgForce General President Grant Maudsley said Queensland Labor had used vegetation management as a political football for years and it was disgraceful that Federal Labor was now doing the same.

“Queensland farmers care about their land and work hard to ensure they manage their land sustainably. They don’t deserve to be demonised,” he said.

“Farmers are custodians of their land. The …

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More time to have a say on vegetation laws

Landholders wanting to have a say about the Palaszczuk Government’s proposed changes to vegetation management laws now have more time to do so after the deadline for submissions on the laws was today extended to next Friday 29 April.

AgForce General President Grant Maudsley thanked the Agriculture and Environment Committee for their decision and encouraged landholders to make use of the extension of time.

“These proposed laws will have devastating consequences for primary producers in Queensland and their ability to manage vegetation on their land effectively,” he …

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Landholders urged to sign petition opposing vegetation laws

Landholders are urged to sign a new petition being launched today to express their opposition to new vegetation management laws that take away farmers’ property rights and jeopardise jobs in regional Queensland.

AgForce General President Grant Maudsley, who is the principal petitioner, said the petition provided a platform for Queenslanders concerned about the impact of the new laws to send a message to the Palaszczuk Government.

“These outrageous changes to the Vegetation Management Framework are completely unacceptable. The laws will restrict supply and drive up food prices, …

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Cape York development uncertainty must be removed

AgForce has welcomed the State Government’s commitment to develop large-scale business and tourism ventures in remote indigenous communities, but said planned changes to vegetation management laws must be scrapped if the Government is serious about job creation in Cape York.

Representatives from the Queensland Investment Corporation, Treasury officials, Queensland Resources Council and Indigenous groups from Cape York, Palm Island and the state’s north-west discussed the plans at an investment forum this week in Cairns.

Queensland’s Indigenous Affairs Minister Curtis Pitt was reported as saying there was a …

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Palaszczuk attacks farmers

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk last night showed she was no Friend of Ag, introducing laws that will harm Queensland’s economy and hurt consumers.

AgForce General President Grant Maudsley said the State Government had ignored their own data and backflipped on promised consultation.

“There is no doubt the Premier is desperately trying to buy support of inner city green groups, ignoring her own data which shows an increase in wood coverage over the past three years,” Mr Maudsley said.

“These laws take us back to the Beattie era reverse onus …

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