Perrett calls for action
QUEENSLAND’S Agriculture Minister, Mark Furner, is adopting the three monkeys approach to Labor’s proposed draconian vegetation management changes.
He sees nothing, hears nothing, and definitely says nothing. When Queensland farmers are up against the wall, their key representative in the Labor Government is missing in action.
While these laws will severely impact farmers’ ability to sustainably manage and develop their businesses, the minister is mute and hiding somewhere in Brisbane. It’s his job to support Queensland’s hardworking farmers and graziers, who have their livelihoods on the chopping block over this issue.
Yet on this crucial and wide-ranging issue, the minister has not extended the same courtesy to Queensland farmers with no regulatory impact statement carried out to assess the damage these laws will inflict on agriculture.
Furner should be fighting for the more than 26,000 farm businesses directly employing 60,000 Queenslanders and supporting more than 315,000 jobs throughout the agricultural supply chain.
History will harshly judge this feeble minister for refusing to stand up in the Cabinet room and challenge green-controlled ministers like Jackie Trad and Steven Miles when so many rural families have their necks on the line.
The LNP is standing with farmers to fight Labor’s campaign to win green votes at the expense of rural Queensland.