Parliament House protest to call for fair laws for farmers

Parliament House protest to call for fair laws for farmers
Friday, 27 Apr 2018

Queenslanders who support sustainable food and fibre production are being urged to take part in a Parliament House protest next week against proposed laws that will cause enormous social and economic upheaval for regional and rural communities.

AgForce CEO Michael Guerin said farmers were angry and bitterly disappointed the Palaszczuk Government continued to ignore their pleas for fair and balanced vegetation management laws that delivered good outcomes for both agriculture and the environment.

"The proposed laws could see many farmers walk off the land, shut down new agricultural development and severely damage rather than improve regional landscapes," he said.

"We want as many people as possible to join us for a rally outside Parliament House in Brisbane on Tuesday 1 May gathering from 8.15am and concluding before Parliament starts at 9.30am.

"For those who can't make it to Brisbane, we're asking you to join in a virtual rally at the same time as the protest outside Parliament House.

"Dress in a green shirt to symbolise that farmers are the true environmentalists, take photos and videos and post on social media using the hashtags #FairLaws4Farmers and #YourFoodOurFuture.

"This could be the last chance we have to send a strong, united message to the state's politicians before the Palaszczuk Government rams these laws through the State Parliament.

"Enough is enough. Vegetation management has been a divisive issue for two decades. Let's all work together on a long-lasting solution that is good for the environment and good for agricultural production."

Mr Guerin said a new website had been launched – www.atruestory.com.au – with a video of Queensland farmers speaking from the heart about why they love farming and why these laws are so wrong.

"AgForce is proud to support this initiative from grass roots producers and encourage all Queenslanders to watch the video to gain a better understanding of why farming families are so upset and frustrated by proposed changes to vegetation management laws," he said.

More details about next week's Day of Action on Tuesday 1 May is available on AgForce's website at https://bit.ly/2HBq2Yc

Media Contacts: Scott Whitby 0418 733 102, Sarah Henderson 0427 626 853

Parliament House protest to call for fair laws for farmers

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