Labor leaves mulga wrapped in red tape

September 07, 2018

Queensland's Palaszczuk Labor government has blocked an attempt to make it easier for drought stricken farmers to feed mulga to starving livestock - something Queensland Conservative Party Senate candidate Lyle Shelton says is shameful.

Rural newspaper Queensland Country Life reports that Labor and the Greens sided to defeat the motion which was an attempt to amend the Vegetation Management Act, enabling farmers better access to the invaluable fodder resource.

"Greens ideology pervades politics, especially on the Left. If we can replace the Greens in the Senate with Conservative Party senators we can start to turn our nation around," Mr Shelton said.

Queensland's Opposition natural resource management spokesman Dale Last said, "Farmers use mulga as a last resort to feed their drought-affected herds. It's is highly resilient, drought-tolerant, and grows back quickly after being harvested as fodder."

“The Labor government’s decision not to get out of the way and allow our farmers to feed their livestock is a disgrace," he said.

More than 57 per cent of Queensland is drought-declared, including 23 council areas and four part-council areas.

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