Veg­e­ta­tion laws un­der fire again

The Observer - - NEWS -

FARM­ERS are de­mand­ing a far-reach­ing com­mis­sion of in­quiry into the state’s week­long, de­struc­tive in­fer­nos and have blamed the Palaszczuk Govern­ment’s “green-in­spired” land-clear­ing laws of ex­ac­er­bat­ing the bush fires.

As the dev­as­tat­ing dam­age bill and emo­tional toll un­folds, peak farm­ing group AgForce, and in­di­vid­ual farm­ers, have ac­cused the Govern­ment’s “con­fus­ing” and con­stantly chang­ing Veg­e­ta­tion Man­age­ment Act from al­low­ing them to pro­tect their land from fire.

North­ern Aus­tralia Min­is­ter Matt Cana­van told NewsCorp a ju­di­cial in­quiry – just like the Queens­land Floods Com­mis­sion of In­quiry in 2011 – was needed to “get to the bot­tom” of whether La­bor’s laws con­trib­uted to Cen­tral Queens­land’s shock­ing fires.

He said when he spent three days with peo­ple rav­aged by fire last week, they were fu­ri­ous about the Queens­land Govern­ment’s re­stric­tions on back­burn­ing and tree clear­ing.

AgForce’s Greg Leach backed the call.

Dr Leach, AgForce Queens­land’s se­nior pol­icy ad­viser, said the veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment laws were caus­ing huge amounts of con­fu­sion.

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