Joint Media Release with Minister For for Agriculture and Water Resources The Hon David Littleproud MP
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion has warned a vote for Labor could see large sections of farms locked up in the Northern Territory without any compensation.
Labor has announced it will extend Queensland-style land clearing laws all over the country.
The laws punish farmers for vegetation on their properties by stopping them making money off that land, rather than rewarding them for the vegetation on their land.
“Famers right across Queensland are hurting after the state Labor government introduced harsh laws there – now they want to bring them to places like the Katherine and Barkly regions,” Senator Scullion said.
“I call on Warren Snowdon and Senator Malarndirri McCarthy to show some true leadership and denounce this extreme green anti-farmer policy.
“If Mr Snowdon and Senator Malarndirri McCarthy think they can represent the Territory then they should show Territorians that they can stand up to Southern-based city politicians.
“Labor’s new land clearing laws are a big stick to bash Territory farmers when they should be rewarded for the biodiversity on their properties.”
Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said Labor needs to come clean on what carbon gain it has modelled from banning vegetation management nation-wide.
“If Labor is getting carbon gains from stopping farmers making money on part of their farms then it should pay compensation. Labor should not take something from our farmers for nothing. If farmers are doing the heavy lifting for Labor’s carbon target, they deserve to be paid.
“Taking away part of a business’s assets and offering nothing in return is wrong. Labor has no right to declare farmers can’t use a big part of their farms without compensation.
“Labor wants to bash farmers with a big stick but I want to give them a bouquet.
“That’s why I announced a $30 million pilot fund to reward farmers for the biodiversity on their properties last week. I also announced $4 million for a biodiversity certification scheme and stamp so farmers can get a premium here and overseas for their product if they’re looking after biodiversity.
“Labor acknowledges the livestock sector is already going to be carbon neutral by 2030 and that farmers are already doing their bit, so why does Labor need a big stick?” Minister Littleproud said