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Labor’s bad laws hurt the reef and farming communities

17th June 2020

The Palaszczuk Government has delivered a crushing blow to Queensland’s farming communities and environmental protection framework, after voting down the LNP’s disallowance motion on Labor’s bad reef laws.

LNP Shadow Environment Minister David Crisafulli said Labor’s laws create uncertainty and pits one group against another, by vilifying Queensland’s regional farming communities.

“A good government would support jobs and preserve the reef – it doesn’t have to be one or the other,” Mr Crisafulli said.

“The LNP proposed common sense amendments to the reef laws passed last year but Labor guillotined debate before parliament could consider them.

“Handing over decision-making power to set farming standards to a bureaucrat in Brisbane is dangerous and provides no confidence for future regulatory certainty.

“The role of government should be to work alongside farmers and communities toward environmental outcomes instead of forcing unworkable laws onto them.

“The LNP will continue to fight tooth and nail for sensible laws that back jobs and protect the environment.”

LNP Shadow Minister for Agriculture Tony Perrett said only an LNP Government will work alongside farmers and communities for environmental outcomes, instead of forcing unworkable laws on them.

“For too long the Palaszczuk Labor Government has treated farmers like criminals by tying them up in unworkable red and green tape,” Mr Perrett said.

“Labor doesn’t care about regional jobs, but the LNP won’t stop fighting for each and every Queensland farmer.

“Labor’s anti-regions, anti-farmer and anti-jobs agenda has driven many in the agriculture industry to revolt against the unfair Reef Laws.

“The LNP will work with farmers and protect local jobs and provide an economic future for our cane, horticulture and grazing industries.

“Deb Frecklington and the LNP have shown strong leadership by standing up for farmers in Queensland in the fight to restore sensible and workable reef laws.”