A MAJOR property rights group is calling on Queensland political parties to ensure rural land owners are “not disadvantaged” due to the resource industry or resource infrastructure.
Property Rights Australia has called on politicians to commit the simple, straight forward principle.
PRA chairman Dale Stiller said landowners should not be subsidising mining, coal seam gas projects and associated infrastructure.
“This is exactly what is happening when negative impacts on landowners and communities are not being recognised, not compensated for or no priority given over resource activity when there is no current solution to unrepairable damage to things of fundamental value such as the very small percentage of high quality soils,” Mr Stiller said.
“The ability of the productive capacity of the land should not be impaired nor impacts to enjoy prior amenity of life residing on that land be left not resolved.
“All parties and candidates must commit to and govern by the simple No Disadvantage principle in the next parliament when it enacts policy and introduces legislation.”
Mr Stiller has urged party leaders and independent candidates to adopt a “simple no disadvantage principle” through legislation.
He said this would allow all Queenslanders to benefit from resource development and defuse the current resentment.
“Most landowners accept that the resource industries are necessary, however with significant issues unresolved farming families simply loathe the fact that they are currently subsidising the resource sector,” he said.
” PRA believes that committing to the No Disadvantage principle provides a positive solution, a rule of thumb to progress all of Queensland into the future.
“While there may be some within political parties that may wish to dispute what has occurred in the past, it is important that all of the population is informed and lessons are learnt from past mistakes.”
He said the past two governments had failed the “No Disadvantage test”.