LNP Leader Deb Frecklington today said any action against animal extremists was welcome but the belated announcement by the Palaszczuk Government doesn’t go nearly far enough.
“Since January we have been asking Labor to put in a taskforce and beef up our trespass laws and I am glad we have finally seen some movement, but a taskforce with no teeth just won’t cut it,” Ms Frecklington said.
“These extremists who invade properties need to face jail time and serious fines.
“There has been a well organised, well-funded campaign by animal extremists that has been terrorising Queensland family businesses in regional Queensland for months.
“While people have the right to protest, no one is above the law.
“These family businesses put food on our table and create thousands of local jobs.”
LNP Shadow Minister for Agriculture Tony Perrett said it had taken far too long for Annastacia Palaszczuk to act and today’s announcement simply doesn’t cut it.
“We want to see much stronger penalties and in some cases, the threat of jail time,” Mr Perrett said.
“This has all gone too far. Queensland farmers should not be held to ransom by animal extremist groups.”