Land clearing laws will fail to pass parliament

THE Queensland Government will suffer a defeat in parliament with crossbenchers voting against land clearing restrictions.

Independent MP Billy Gordon told the parliament he would not be supporting the laws.

Mr Gordon said the bill had not "achieved the balance" between protecting farmers and the environment.

"After months of consultation with a variety of people, groups and organisations around my electorate, and those adjacent areas to the Cook electorate, I am of the firm view that the proposed vegetation management reforms don't strike the necessary balance between Indigenous economic development, protecting the environment and supporting our farmers," he said.

Without Mr Gordon's support the government does not have the numbers to pass the restrictions to land clearing.

Mr Gordon said he did not support "broad-scale tree clearing" but he did not believe the proposed bill was the solution.

"I continue to commit to working with the Government and encourage them to continue to work with all Stakeholders to find the balance, which I know is out there and attainable," he said.

The legislative loss is the first the government has suffered on a bill it introduced.

Earlier Labor Mirani MP said he was unsure if he would vote for the bill or abstain from voting.

More to come. - ARM NEWSDESK



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