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Qld tree clearing laws to be reintroduced

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Laws to limit tree clearing in Queensland are set to be reintroduced to state parliament on Thursday.

The state government introduced the land-clearing laws last year, however they lapsed when the election was called.

The re-elected Palaszczuk Labor government will now reintroduce the laws to parliament, after promising to do so during the election campaign.

It is understood the most controversial aspect of the original bill will be removed – a reverse onus of proof on landholders to prove they hadn’t been illegally clearing, which had angered farmers groups like AgForce.

They and other stakeholders are due to meet with the government to be briefed on the laws before the start of parliament on Thursday.

The laws have been met with reservation from the farming sector, although they have been roundly applauded by environmental activists, who say the equivalent of 1000 football fields a day is being cleared in Queensland.


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