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Labor’s cattle train is off the rails

15th May 2018

Seven months after first raising the issue, Queensland cattle producers are continuing to pay the price for the mismanagement of livestock crates by the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the LNP first raised the issue in October last year and yet seven months later, Annastacia Palaszczuk has done nothing about it.

"Crates gates and doors have fallen off, bolts and pins are missing – making the crates unsafe and not able to be used to transport livestock they were intended for," Ms Frecklington said.

"These are not only unsafe, but our cattle producers are now incurring extra costs because they are having to use road transport to get their cattle to sale.

"It’s clear that Labor doesn’t get the bush."

LNP Member for Gregory Lachlan Millar said Labor’s failure in fixing this important issue was a kick in the guts for Queensland cattle producers.

"Today I asked the Transport Minister to explain why Queensland farmers are still having to live through the bush rail fail after seven months and yet we are still to get a clear answer," Mr Millar said.

"Just like Labor’s unfair vegetation management laws, the Labor Party is once again missing in action on yet another issue critical to our agricultural industries.

"To add further insult to injury, Central Queensland businesses offered to fix this mess months ago but the city-centric Labor Government only sent the crates to Townsville and Brisbane for repairs."