Government told ‘half truths’ on land clearing
THE State Government’s admission tree survey data was flawed showed it was only interested in telling “half the story” around land management laws.
That’s the opinion of AgForce general president Grant Maudsley.
Revelations the State Government can not accurately measure how much vegetation in Queensland had regrown after being cleared undermined arguments to move away from sensible and workable land management laws, he said.
“Farmers manage vegetation on their land to grow food for people and animals to eat,” he said.
“The reality is only about 0.1% of woody vegetation cover is being cleared annually, and almost two-thirds of that is to control regrowth.
“Just as you must mow your lawn regularly or it overgrows, farmers manage vegetation on their land to prevent thickening and to maintain pasture to feed their cattle and sheep.
“AgForce has always said we are willing to work through a science and evidence-based process.
“But the Palaszczuk Government is more interested in green politics than developing good policies and getting the science right.”
MANAGEMENT: AgForce has accused the State Government of only telling “half the story” on vegetation issues.