LNP Member for Gregory Lachlan Millar has vowed to stand by Queensland’s farmers and graziers, after the Labor Party introduced new vegetation management legislation into Queensland Parliament yesterday that will strip away property rights.
“Labor have launched an unfair attack on farmers, graziers, their families and rural communities right across Queensland,” Mr Millar said.
“Labor’s proposed vegetation management laws are offensive - they will tie the agriculture industry up in more red tape and stunt Queensland’s food and fibre production.
“I want to see the development of more high value agricultural land which is why I am committed to fighting tooth and nail to protect the rights of our hard working farmers and graziers.
“This legislation is not only bad for rural and regional Queensland, it is also bad news for South-east Queensland.
“It will affect housing affordability, food security and make battling drought much more difficult.
“We need less emotion and more facts in the vegetation management debate.
“The fact is that over the last three years, since the LNP’s balanced vegetation management laws were passed, the clearance rate is 17 per cent lower than the long run average.
“Protecting the reef is vital but scaremongering about the impact of farmers and graziers is disgraceful.”
Ms Millar said a petition is now up at www.fightforfarmers.com.au and is strongly encouraging Queenslanders to show their support.