Fudged fig­ure claim aimed at green lobby

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News -

THE dis­hon­est scare­mon­ger­ing of an al­liance of green groups has been ex­posed for their use of flawed data on the first day of a new cam­paign to frighten Queens­lan­ders about veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment laws, ac­cord­ing to Shadow Nat­u­ral Re­sources Min­is­ter An­drew Cripps.

Mr Cripps said a Right to In­for­ma­tion ap­pli­ca­tion by The Aus­tralian had re­vealed green groups were us­ing in­cor­rect fig­ures to ex­ag­ger­ate claims.

Mr Cripps said he had pre­vi­ously warned Queens­lan­ders that data in the Statewide Land­cover and Trees Study (SLATS) was be­ing ma­nip­u­lated by green groups to trash the rep­u­ta­tion of farm­ers.

“Dur­ing the de­bate on the Palaszczuk La­bor Gov­ern­ment’s un­jus­ti­fied veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment bill last year, I high­lighted just how SLATS was be­ing un­fairly used and abused by La­bor,” Mr Cripps said.

“To try to get that bill passed, La­bor and the Greens ran a cam­paign of con­trived mis­in­for­ma­tion about veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment ac­tiv­i­ties in Queens­land, but thank­fully, that was re­jected.

“Now the ac­tivist groups are back ahead of the state elec­tion to run a de­facto cam­paign on be­half of La­bor and they are ped­dling the same non­sense.

“But this time, they have been caught out.

“This RTI ap­pli­ca­tion un­der­lines what I was say­ing dur­ing the de­bate last year – trees grow – and that quot­ing global fig­ures in the SLATS re­port is dan­ger­ously mis­lead­ing.”

Mr Cripps said the at­tempted “shock and awe” tac­tics by green ac­tivist groups were fur­ther com­pro­mised by the in­clu­sion of cer­tain types of man­age­ment ac­tiv­i­ties as veg­e­ta­tion clear­ing.

“I’m cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­clu­sion of thin­ning, fod­der har­vest­ing and other man­age­ment ac­tiv­i­ties in La­bor’s pub­lished clear­ing rates data, a prac­tice that is in­ap­pro­pri­ate and in­ac­cu­rate,” Mr Cripps said.

“The re­forms to Queens­land’s veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment frame­work in 2013 by the for­mer LNP Gov­ern­ment were bal­anced and re­spon­si­ble, if peo­ple ac­tu­ally take the time to un­der­stand them.

“The fo­cus on koala habi­tat on the week­end is a good ex­am­ple, be­cause no changes were made to es­sen­tial habi­tat map­ping for koalas, or any other na­tive species, as part of the 2013 veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment re­forms.

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... were bal­anced and re­spon­si­ble — An­drew Cripps

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