House debates

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Statements by Members

Queensland Government

1:44 pm

Photo of Phillip ThompsonPhillip Thompson (Herbert, Liberal National Party) Share this | | Hansard source

Can you imagine going down to your local supermarket and not having local produce on the shelves that had been grown in your own state? This is the real threat that my community, and other communities throughout Queensland, are facing, because of the state Labor government's green tape. This crippling legislation, in particular their reef regulations, are a classic of putting politics before people because they are driving farmers throughout Queensland out of jobs.

Farmers United is a grassroots group of farmers who have simply had enough. They are doing a fantastic job of banding together and taking the fight up, because their livelihoods are on the line. They're led by director Russell Hall. They want to see changes made to vegetation management laws. They want to see science sense and policy that puts facts first and removes the hysteria which has driven decision-making by this Labor state government.

In Queensland, almost 100,000 jobs are under threat. Sadly, I have no confidence that the Queensland state Labor government, the Premier or the ministers will be listening to our farmers, because they've treated them like mugs for five years. Farmers United are a voice that should be listened to. Make no mistake, Labor will trade your jobs for Greens' preferences, because Labor are Greens bred, Greens fed and Greens led. (Time expired)