LETTER: Protest march

HAVE you seen the new billboard in town urging Queenslanders to support fair laws for farmers?

It is time to act.

The billboard, an Agforce Queensland initiative, is one of a handful that have gone up across Queensland in protest of the regressive Palaszczuk Government's vegetation management laws.

The Palaszczuk Labor Government's rollback of sensible vegetation management framework will remove property rights, reduce the productivity of the agricultural sector and will cost jobs in our region.

Despite a wave of angry objections from regional communities, the Palaszczuk Government refuses to amend the unfair changes to our state's vegetation management framework.

The recent report from the Agriculture and Environment Committee gave Labor an opportunity to abandon its attack on farmers and landowners, but the government has dug its heals in to secure Greens preferences.

Labor committee members travelled across the state and witnessed firsthand the responsible work of landholders, yet they have chosen to put politics ahead of good policy outcomes.

The Palaszczuk Government is so beholden to the Greens, Labor MPs on the committee ignored all the evidence and instead handed down a series of bland recommendations asking for Ministers to provide further information to the house.

The entire LNP team is working with AgForce Queensland and other rural lobby groups to make it clear to Labor that the former LNP Government's common sense changes to the vegetation framework, including high value agriculture permits and managing regrowth, must remain in place.

I encourage residents to stand with farmers in protest against these laws which are set to inflict serious damage to our agriculture sector.

A protest march will be held in Bundaberg on Wednesday, August 10, which will kick off at Buss Park at 2pm sharp.

For more details visit my facebook page 'StephenBennettMP' or phone 4111 5100.

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