LNP slams re­turn to old land clear laws

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LOOKING BACK - Shane Ni­chols

THE LNP has at­tacked the La­bor State Gov­ern­ment over its de­ter­mi­na­tion to abol­ish the cur­rent Veg­e­ta­tion Man­age­ment frame­work.

Last week the LNP’s mo­tion to block La­bor’s abo­li­tion of the leg­is­la­tion was de­feated in State Par­lia­ment.

Farm­ers have been highly crit­i­cal of the former land clear­ing leg­is­la­tion which im­posed re­stric­tions on their land man­age­ment.

While or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Cairns and Far North En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre ap­plauded the de­feat of the LNP’s amend­ment mo­tion, Op­po­si­tion Leader Lawrence Spring­borg weighed in on be­half of the agri­cul­tural sec­tor.

“The LNP un­der­stands the agri­cul­ture industry is un­der se­vere so­cial and eco­nomic pres­sures due to the drought,” Mr Spring­borg said.

“At a time when farm­ers and gra­ziers need to be able to sus­tain­ably man­age the veg­e­ta­tion on their prop­er­ties to help get them through this tough pe­riod, La­bor is mak­ing it harder for them.

“In­stead of sup­port­ing drought-af­fected com­mu­ni­ties, the Gov­ern­ment has turned its back on farm­ers and gra­ziers to put the in­ter­ests of the greens first and in­tro­duce a heav­ier bu­reau­cratic bur­den.”

The chair­man of the Aus­tralian Cane Farm­ers Fed­er­a­tion, Don Mur­day, said the ALP’s regime on land clear­ance was very bu­reau­cratic and a bur­den on farm­ers.

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