The Australian Labor Party’s emissions policy will be a hammer blow to Queensland’s vitally important agriculture industry and destroy regional jobs, the LNP has warned.

LNP Shadow Minister for Agriculture Tony Perrett called on the Palaszczuk Labor Government to reject the job-destroying policy.

“This policy proves Labor is anti-regions and anti-jobs,” Mr Perrett said.

“Labor’s policy will burden Queensland farmers to the point that the agriculture industry shrinks, and jobs are lost.

“The damaging move is on top of Labor’s anti-farmer vegetation management laws as well as their $50 million cut in drought support for farmers.” Mr Perrett said he supported the National Farmers’ Federation and the Australian Logistics Council’s opposition to the policy.

“Labor Agriculture Minister Mark Furner needs stand up for farmers in this state and oppose his federal colleagues,” he said.

“Unfortunately, Mark Furner has been missing in action on crucial issues like unfair vegetation laws, reef regulations and the closure of Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges.

“Regional Queenslanders saw straight through Labor’s radical and antic-regions policies at the last Federal Government election and they will again.

“Labor has learnt nothing when it comes to supporting our farmers and the rural and regional jobs that sustain these communities.”

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