AgForce General President Grant Maudsley says today’s rally by thousands of farmers and their supporters outside of State Parliament in Brisbane says the protest new vegetation management laws is just the start.
He says the Labor Government had best get used to farmers demanding a fair go.
“This is not the end, this is just the beginning. Today’s outpouring of emotion and support on social media should send a strong message to the Palaszczuk Government.”
Mr Maudsley says it was incredibly heartening to see the sea of green on social media from people of all walks of life from all over Queensland joining with farmers to say enough is enough.
“Farmers just want to get on with their jobs and are so frustrated, angry and bitterly disappointed the Palaszczuk Government continues to ignore the social and economic impact these laws will have on our lives, our livelihoods and our regional communities.”
“We are going to keep fighting until we get fair and balanced laws that are good for agriculture, good for the environment and don’t strangle farmers in red tape. We’re all in this together, we all eat food and we all care for the environment.”
The physical and virtual rallies were held to protest against new vegetation management laws the Palaszczuk Labor Government is seeking to ram through the Queensland Parliament this week.
Mr Maudsley says farmers needed to manage vegetation on their land to sustainably produce food and fibre and the flawed laws would shut down new agricultural development and deliver worse not better outcomes for the environment.
“On average, each Australian farmer produces enough food to feed 600 people.”
“We’re passionate about what we do and we love and care for our land. Vegetation management has been a divisive issue for two decades and we can’t keep going on like this. Our food is too important to be caught up in politics. If farmers can’t feed their own families, they can’t feed yours.”
“Queensland is currently the number one agricultural producing state in the country, yet these harsh and unnecessary laws threaten the future of our farming families and our entire industry.”
Meantime, One Nation Senator, Pauline Hanson has called for solar farms banned from tree clearing in Queensland.
The One Nation Leader says it’s duplicitous of Labor to block farmers from land clearing while allowing renewable energy developers to clear vast tracts of land.
“What’s good for the goose, must be good for the gander.”
“Labor continues to demonise traditional Queensland farmers by treating them like criminals, while laying out the red carpet for solar farmers to pay off green debts.”
“By attacking Queensland farmers over select clearing but allowing solar farmers to clear huge tracks of bushland, Labor has shown it doesn’t care about primary producers, it doesn’t care about the environment, it only cares about keeping the greenies happy so they can farm their preferences.”
The Queensland Conservation Council head Tim Seelig says farmers are being dishonest.
“There is simply no evidence that stronger land clearing laws will impact on agricultural productivity, which is actually affected by commodity prices, exchange rates, droughts and weather events.”
More details about farmers’ concerns and the facts about vegetation management laws is available at www.agforceqld.org.au and www.atruestory.com.au