CANDIDATES: Labor's Mark O'Brien and Katter's Australian Party candidate Rob Loughnan.
CANDIDATES: Labor's Mark O'Brien and Katter's Australian Party candidate Rob Loughnan. Michael Doyle

Vegetation laws an issues for Warrego candidates

KATTER's Australian Party (KAP) candidate Rob Loughnan has dismissed his Labor opponent's ideas about vegetation laws as something which will "quickly be extinguished” by his own party. Labor candidate Mark O'Brien said he was aware of the issues farmers had with his party's proposed vegetation laws, stating much of the discussion was ignorant about what 'tree clearing' actually was. Mr O'Brien said he would fight for the best outcome for farmers.

"Earlier this year proposed laws were ignorant of the fact that much of the supposed 'tree clearing' is actually harvesting regrow which in large part is good for the environment.” Mr O'Brien said.

"When people talk about tree clearing, they think about bulldozing and cementing an area and buidling high-rises.

"What happens in the Malga Lands is you push over the Malga trees and cattle can feed off it in drought. It also drops seeds and for every one tree knocked down, about 100 shoot up.”

KAP candidate Mr Loughnan does not believe if elected, Mr O'Brien would be able to change the minds of the government.

"I know the local Labor candidate has stated that he disagrees with aspects of the new legislation and will argue internally for change; good luck with that,” Mr Loughnan said.

"The reality is that if elected, his stated opposition will quickly be extinguished by the requirement to vote in the interests of the inner-city lefties rather than the electorate.”

Mr O'Brien said he did not want the issue to become "political football” and it could be solved with one meeting.


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