Vegetation laws under fire again
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.