Farmers left in the dark by govt

LOCAL MP Luke Hartsuyker has called on the Rudd Government to extend the consultation process for the review of the Native Vegetation Framework.

Mr Hartsuyker said very little information about the review had been circulated and it had not been adequately advertised. Submissions for the review closed on Wednesday.

“The Government has failed to publicise this review and farmers simply have not been aware of its existence,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Both Peter Garrett and the Agriculture Minister Tony Burke have clearly not consulted with the farm sector.

“Changes to native vegetation laws in the past have had a huge impact on farmers and their capacity to work their land.

“Now the Rudd Government appears to be trying to tighten the laws and enforce further changes without including the views of the farm sector.

“If a very small newspaper advertisement had not recently appeared in an agricultural newspaper (The Land), farmers would simply not have known about the review.

“Surely the Minister must realise the livelihood of most farmers is tied up in their property. “If the Rudd Government wants to get this right they should extend the deadline for submissions for another month and allow farmers to work through all the detail.”



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