LNP fails to cut down tree-clearing protections

The LNP Opposition has again failed in a bid to overturn Queensland’s sensible vegetation management laws.

Natural Resources Minister Dr Anthony Lynham, said the Opposition unsuccessfully moved to disallow the part of the laws, including a suite of codes farmers use to self-assess activities like harvesting mulga to feed stock.

Dr Lynham told Parliament tonight that the Opposition was increasing stress on drought-stricken farmers by misleading them about mulga harvesting.

“The harvesting of mulga for fodder remains legal,” he said.

“Fodder harvesting is still self-assessable, as it was before our changes to the Vegetation Management Act

“The Member for Warrego and the Leader of the Opposition should know this and if they don’t they should appraise themselves of the facts.

“It is irresponsible of them to make claims that are not true.”

Science Minister Leeanne Enoch said the Opposition was ignoring the science of climate change and the science of vegetation management in asking Parliament to disallow part of Labor’s tree-clearing laws.

“This Government is committed to using science to guide the sustainable use of native vegetation for the benefits of Queenslanders now and into the future,” she told Parliament tonight.

“The Palaszczuk Government is unashamed in our commitment to evidence-based decision making to get the best result for all of Queensland.”

Agriculture Minister Mark Furner and chair of the Parliamentary State Development, Natural Resources and Agricultural Industry Development Committee Chris Whiting also opposed the LNP’s bid to overturn the laws.

Dr Lynham urged landholders to contact his department’s vegetation hub at Charleville on 135 VEG for advice.


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