Have your say on pro­posed laws

The Western Star - - Rural Weekly -

SUBMISSION­S for the Lib­eral Na­tional Party’s tough new laws de­signed to de­ter and pun­ish ex­trem­ists from il­le­gally tres­pass­ing and ter­ror­is­ing hard-work­ing Queens­lan­ders op­er­at­ing farms, butch­ers, fac­to­ries and trans­port in­fra­struc­ture such as trains close noon this Mon­day, July 15.

Lib­eral Na­tional Party Shadow Min­is­ter for Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Mines Dale Last called on all busi­nesses own­ers to make sure they took the op­por­tu­nity to sup­port tougher tres­pass laws in Queens­land.

“The LNP are se­ri­ous when it comes to pro­tect­ing hard-work­ing farm­ing fam­i­lies from rad­i­cal an­i­mal ex­trem­ists,” said Mr Last.

“It is simply un­ac­cept­able that ex­trem­ists are in­vad­ing farms where fam­i­lies live and work with­out any real

con­se­quence.

“That's why the LNP in­tro­duced three tough new tres­pass laws into Par­lia­ment to en­sure Queens­land has the most com­pre­hen­sive tres­pass laws in the coun­try.

“Just like in­dus­try and the com­mu­nity has asked, these laws are de­signed to pro­tect all Queens­lan­ders and their busi­nesses, not just farm­ers.

“Our laws not only deal with those that do the ter­ror­is­ing, they go after the or­gan­i­sa­tions and ring­leaders - an im­por­tant com­po­nent to stamp­ing this ac­tiv­ity out that has failed to be ad­dressed.

“The LNP want to make it very clear - it's okay to protest and have dif­fer­ent opin­ions, but if you choose to ter­rorise our farm­ers or choose to block a coal rail line then you can ex­pect to be whacked with the con­se­quences - it's that simple.”

PHOTO: TARA CROSER

OPIN­ION: Lib­eral Na­tional Party Shadow Min­is­ter for Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Mines Dale Last.

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