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Queensland national park grazing to proceed regardless

Amy Phillips, Thursday May 16, 2013 - 11:21 EST
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Graziers in North Queensland have battled flood, fire and now are officially in drought after receiving a fraction of the usual rainfall this season - ABC

The Queensland Government says it will proceed with allowing starving cattle to graze on some national parks and reserves, despite the Federal Government's opposition.

Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke says the move would 'wreck' the conservation values of eight parks which the Commonwealth contributed to buying.

Deputy Queensland Premier Jeff Seeney says his government doesn't need federal approval for the unprecedented legislation change, which he says will save the lives of up to 25,000 cattle in north Queensland.

"We believe that this is just such a commonsense response to a critical animal welfare situation that we will proceed in Parliament next week to amend the legislation," Mr Seeney said.

"We don't need anyone's permission to change the state legislation. I thought it was an appropriate thing to do to seek their co-operation.

"We are not going to be put off."

Tony Burke says Queensland has other options like signing up to the Farm Finance package.


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