Greens political pawns roadblock critical jobs, development, in the North

The State Government’s proposed changes to the Vegetation Management legislation are roadblocking critical development and jobs in North Queensland.

Northern based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said the latest tactics by the State Labor Government were another example of the Greens exerting their political influence. 

It’s a well known fact that the State Labor Government are only in power because of Greens preferences, and their changes to the Vegetation management legislation are an example of how they (the Labor Party) continue to do the bidding of their political masters,” Senator Macdonald said.

Senator Macdonald said the $558 million Pentland Biofuels project is no longer able to proceed after the Labor Government introduced changes to the Vegetation Management Act 1999 (Qld) restricting broadscale land clearing.

“The retrospectivity of the legislation has effectively stalled development not only in the north, but right across the State,” Senator Macdonald said.

“This reeks of the same tactics they employed to delay and possibly derail the Adani Carmichael mine.”

Senator Macdonald said there is likely to be further impediments to the project, with Labor looking to reform the Water Act 2014 to restrict large scale irrigation projects. 

“At a time when investment in the north is critical, we have the Labor Government putting up roadblocks that not only impact on current development, but will scare off future development.”  

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