Labor kicks drought-affected farmers when they're down

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The Palaszczuk Labor Government has failed to help Queensland's drought-affected farmers by voting against a motion that would have made it easier for farmers to feed their livestock during drought.

The LNP's disallowance motion to block the introduction of Labor's anti-farmer regulations* was defeated in the House with all Labor MPs voting against supporting farmers in drought.

"What we have seen is confirmation this Labor Government doesn't understand or care about rural and regional Queensland," LNP Shadow Minister for Natural Resources Dale Last said.

"The Premier and her Labor Government have more than turned their backs on Queensland farmers – they've kicked them when they're down.

"All farmers are asking for is for Labor to reconsider their anti-farmer laws that deliberately get in their way and slow down their ability to allow livestock to feed on mulga."

Mr Last said farmers used mulga as a last resort to feed their drought-affected herds.

"Mulga is highly resilient, drought-tolerant, and grows back quickly after being harvested as fodder," he said.

"A government has two roles during drought. The first role is to directly support farmers and the second is to get out of the way and let our farmers manage their land efficiently and effectively.

"The Labor Government's decision not to get out of the way and allow our farmers to feed their livestock is a disgrace.

"Only the LNP understands and can be trusted to support our drought-affected farmers and communities."

Queensland is 57.4 per cent drought-declared including 23 council areas and four part-council areas.

*Disallowance motion – Vegetation Management (Clearing Codes) and Other Legislation Amendment Regulation 2018

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