GREENS and inner city Labor might have to take a lesson from President Trump if they want to succeed in their recycled campaign to stop tree clearing (in non-urban areas).
Labor is letterboxing city electorates promising to reduce rural tree clearing to help ‘save the reef’.
And the Greens today deluged media outlets with calls to clamp-down on tree clearing in rural areas.
Both campaigning stunts were in the week that tree clearing ‘statistics’ were released showing more than 400,000 hectares cleared in Queensland.
While this was being released, on the other side of the Pacific, US Senators were considering what is being called the ‘sodsaver’ legislation.
President Trump has proposed that if farmers are prevented from clearing their land, they should be paid for the lost productivity.
Most of the proposal is aimed at stopping grazing land from being cleared and ploughed-up for horticulture — sodbusting as the Yanks call it.
The initial consideration is $US50 million over five years to be paid to farmers who save their sods.
European farmers are paid up to Euro6000 a hectare to preserve agricultural land from being further developed by clearing and ploughing.