LNP slams return to old land clear laws
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.