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Labor must support trespass laws to protect drought affected farmers

31st October 2019

Queensland’s drought ravaged farming communities deserve certainty and confidence they won’t be threatened by unlawful animal extremists who seek to intimidate and financially cripple our agricultural industries.

LNP Shadow Agriculture Minister Tony Perrett is calling on Annastacia Palaszczuk and her Labor Government to support the LNP’s common sense Criminal Trespass Laws, ahead of the Parliamentary Committee report tomorrow.

"The LNP are serious when it comes to protecting our hard-working farming families from radical animal extremists whose only goal is to terrorise those people in our community they disagree with," Mr Perrett said.

"Labor's 'soft on crime' approach to protecting our lawful businesses from these animal extremists has failed to address the rising tide of criminal activity.

"It is simply unacceptable that animal extremists have been able to threaten our hard-working farmers with nothing but a slap-on-the-wrist for their troubles.

"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.

"The LNP 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.

"People have the right to protest, but no one has the right to break the law.

“The LNP laws will protect farming families and law-abiding Queensland businesses.

"Only the LNP is serious about protecting Queenslanders from unlawful extremists who do not represent the values of our great state.

"It's time for the Palaszczuk Labor Government to support our tough new trespass laws and protect our farming families.”

LNP's trespass laws:

  • Aggravated trespass with a maximum penalty of $13,055 fine or 3 years imprisonment;
  • Serious Criminal Trespass with a maximum penalty $391,650 or 10 years imprisonment; and
  • Organised Trespass which has a maximum penalty of $391,650 or 10 years imprisonment.