Former Labor Warrego candidate Mark O'Brien is worried about the fall-out of the vegetation management legislation.
Former Labor Warrego candidate Mark O'Brien is worried about the fall-out of the vegetation management legislation. Ali Kuchel

Labor takes a hit on vegetation management legislation

LABOR'S chance of winning western Queensland seats have been cut down thanks to their vegetation management legislation, according to a former Warrego candidate.

At 2015's state government elections Mark O'Brien was one of the people aiming to do just that. But Labor's "knee jerk" new clearing laws "is death" to any chance for an ALP recovery out West, he said at a regional Labor conference in Roma on Saturday.

"I'm concerned that we've tarnished the name to a lot of people out here," he told members at the conference.

Mr O'Brien broke with his own party last week to criticise the hardline laws, inviting Deputy Premier Jackie Trad to tour rural Queensland to correct some misconceptions he said was used as the basis for the policy. Trad had taken the lead on getting tough new vegetation management legislation passed.

But the man Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk described as her 'eyes and ears in the bush' said his call has gone unheard.


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