Labor restores rights of landholders

20 July 2015

Queensland landholders will regain their rights to object to mining development by late July.

State Member for Morayfield, Mark Ryan MP, said the State Labor Government had met an election commitment and restored rights that the LNP had stripped from rural landholders in Queensland.

“Legislation passed last week returns to rural landholders the rights they held under previous Labor Government,” Mr Ryan said.

“Under Labor’s previous laws, agriculture and mining flourished side-by-side, proving that these industries can grow sustainably while landholders’ rights were still protected.

“We’ve restored these rights before the LNP’s unfair laws have had any practical effect. No project has proceeded under the LNP’s laws.”

The State Development and Public Works Organisation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 meets a Labor election commitment. It repeals section 47D of the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971.

This section prevented people objecting to the Land Court granting an environmental authority for a proposed mining activity if the Coordinator-General had previously assessed the activity. The Coordinator-General assesses most major mine projects in Queensland.

Mr Ryan said the State Labor Government was committed to balancing economic development and the rights of landholders.

“Unlike the LNP, we have stood up for the rights of rural landholders,” he said.