Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne.
Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne. Kevin Farmer

PM Turnbull U-turn a victory for landholders

AGRICULTURE Minister Byrne says news Malcolm Turnbull had scrapped his government's plans for forced land acquisitions is the victory for landholders that the Palaszczuk Government has been working for.

"It is a humiliating climb-down for the likes of Senator Matt Canavan who, even in the last few days, has been insisting that compulsory acquisitions were inevitable," the Minister said.

"It has been an extraordinary saga to get to this point and I have no doubt it would not have happened if it had not been for the determination of the graziers and the local community.

"The sense of betrayal in Marlborough and Rockhampton was palpable and the political pressure we were able to exert proved irresistible.

"That pressure began with the Member for Mirani Jim Pearce highlighting the plight of the graziers and was continued by myself and the Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga.

"It is outrageous that the Federal Government had to be been dragged kicking and screaming to the right conclusion.

 

John Partridge at the rally opposing the expansion of the Shoalwater Bay Training area at the Lakes Creek Hotel in Rockhampton.
John Partridge at the rally opposing the expansion of the Shoalwater Bay Training area at the Lakes Creek Hotel in Rockhampton. Chris Ison ROK010217crally4

"There are still a number of very difficult questions for the Coalition to answer today about the shonky process and the anguish they have inflicted.

"The people of Capricornia in particular know they were misled at the federal election and they will not forget that key details of the Singapore deal were deliberately hidden from them.

"There are only two things we have demanded throughout - no compulsory acquisitions and for the Federal Government to deliver exactly what it promised at the election in terms of investment and opportunities for our community.

"I want to see a guarantee that the full $1 billion will be spent on infrastructure as promised."



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