The Parliamentary Committee established to review the State Government’s new vegetation management laws has given them the green light, despite massive opposition to the changes.
In a 147-page report tabled the State Development, Natural Resources and Agricultural Industry Development Committee has recommended the changes proceed.
The report includes the 13,000 submissions and more than 1000 landholders protesting the new laws.
The Labor dominated seven-member committee, (Four Labor MPs; 3 LNP) handed down the recommendation despite the 3 LNP committee members opposing the legislation.
ALP Committee chair Chris Whiting says the submissions and public hearings held showed the strong opinions that exist.
“We have received over 13,000 submissions, conducted eight public hearings across the state and heard from almost 130 witnesses. Whilst the submissions and witnesses have shown strong opinions on this bill, it augers well that Queenslanders are prepared to be involved in their Parliamentary processes.”
LNP Opposition leader Deb Frecklington says the committee’s report is a farce.
“Every landholder in Queensland was telling the Palaszczuk government to apply common sense and common decency. Instead the government is pushing ahead with no substantive changes to the legislation when it is clear these laws do not work.”
“Worse still the Palaszczuk government is choosing to ignore the fact that the science is not settled when it comes to vegetation growth rates.”
AgForce has also come out swinging with a day of protest now organised for outside Parliament House in Brisbane and a virtual protest online.
The report recommends the introduction of the new laws which blocks the development high value ag land and increases the layers of red tape associated with vegetation management.
The report also recommends consideration be given to the appointment of additional extension officers, the investigation of higher charges to be imposed on landholders, and an increase to land holder education and more fact sheets.