The LNP has successfully protected the rights of Queensland farmers after Labor’s extreme vegetation management laws, which came at the expense of the State’s agriculture sector, were voted down by Parliament.
Member for Gregory Lachlan Millar said common sense had prevailed in State Parliament, despite months of arrogant persistence from a Labor Government that failed to listen to widespread warnings from farmers on the front line, simply to secure the green vote.
“The result is a huge win for Queensland’s farmers and the small businesses that rely on agriculture. This sends a strong message to Labor that Labor’s laws were fundamentally unfair and unworkable,” Mr Millar said.
“For months, Queensland’s farming industry has had their future hanging in limbo as Labor threatened to take away their rights and make them criminals on their own land.
“Our farmers deserve more credit than that – they know their land better than anyone and they deserve the rights to manage it effectively and responsibly.
“Last year, vegetation management activities occurred on just 0.15 per cent of Queensland’s land surface, proving Labor’s scare campaign was unwarranted and misleading.
“Labor’s laws would have removed property rights for our farmers, reduced productivity of the agriculture sector and threatened local jobs.
“The current laws introduced by the LNP last term set the right balance between protecting our environment and allowing farmers to manage their land.