MEDIA RELEASE: After Springvale purchase, Palaszczuk must explain: Will Labor’s green agenda drive a buying frenzy from the State Government?

23 June 2016

Queensland LNP Senator Barry O’Sullivan has called on the Palaszczuk Government to explain whether it now plans to become a major buyer of Queensland rural properties in its push to enforce its extreme green agenda.   

The call comes amid reports the Queensland Government has spent $7 million of tax payer money to purchase a fully operational cattle station south of Cooktown in a bid to stem sediment flowing into the Great Barrier Reef.

Senator O’Sullivan said the purchase of Springvale set a precedent where the Labor Government had demonstrated a willingness to purchase land in order to deliver on its extreme green policy agenda.  

Senator O’Sullivan said he questioned whether this was an appropriate use of public funds amid the current tough economic climate.

He said land clearing reforms sat prominently alongside saving the Great Barrier Reef as pillars of the Palaszczuk Government’s ‘green pitch’ to voters during the 2015 state election.

He added that tens of thousands of Queensland landholders were set to be economically disadvantaged due to Labor’s proposed vegetation management laws and could be forced place their properties on the market.

Senator O’Sullivan said the Palaszczuk Government should explain whether Labor will now drive a buying fervour for rural businesses that are economically crippled by Labor’s extreme green policy agenda.

“The Palaszczuk Government appears to believe farmers are to blame for all the environmental problems in Queensland,” Senator O’Sullivan said.

“Jackie Trad and her mates could fix these problems pretty quickly – and win a lot of votes from inner city greens – if they just started bidding for every rural operation that comes up for sale.

“Tens of thousands of landholders across this state are experiencing significant anxiety as the debate about these land clearing laws continues.

“Some might take comfort from knowing Steven Miles is going to come to the rescue with a buyout figure.

“Otherwise, Labor needs to explain why these people don’t deserve compensation if their rural businesses are crippled due to Labor’s extreme green agenda.

“Where will this Labor Government stop in its blind ambition to secure green votes for Jackie Trad and Steven Miles?’