Queensland LNP members are calling on the federal government to assess the financial impact of the temporary live cattle export ban.
Liberal National Party members in Queensland have urged the federal government to investigate how a temporary ban on live cattle exports has affected drought stricken farmers.
Officer holders presented an urgent motion at the state’s party meeting at Toowoomba on Sunday, calling for the Abbott government to assess how the ban has financially burdened graziers.
The motion was presented four days after Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced a $320 million package for drought-hit farmers in Queensland and NSW, including increased access to a concessional loan scheme worth $280 million.
Graziers welcomed the additional help after a long struggle with a range of issues, including the severe drought and effects of the temporary live export ban.
The ban was imposed in 2011 after allegations of mistreatment of Australian cattle overseas.
Although it was lifted months later, Indonesia reduced its annual import quota from 660,000 beasts to 260,000.
The LNP Queensland members have asked the federal government to specifically look at how the ban has exacerbated the financial impacts of the drought on individuals and family businesses.
The cost of living for everyday Queenslanders was also a focus at the conference, with members voting in favour of immediately removing solar feed-in tariffs for any new customers.
The existing solar feed-in tariff scheme alone is now forecast to cost on average about $276 a year for each customer in 2015/16.
Members also voted for wild river protections of Gregory and Staaten catchments, in the gulf, to be rescinded.
Proposals passed at the weekend’s state conference will be forwarded to the LNP government.