Identification of Leading Practices in Ensuring Evidence-Based Regulation of Farm Practices that Impact Water Quality Outcomes in the GBR – GSM Inquiry Submission


We, provide this submission in rejection of the continuation of the Queensland state government’s Environmental Protection (Great Barrier Reef Protection Measures) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 (“Reef Regulations”).

In her introductory speech, Minister for Environment and Great Barrier Reef the Hon Leeanne Enoch MP on 27 February 2019 stated, ” The standards will require growers to replace outdated high-risk practices with practices that are known to limit nutrient and sediment run-off and enhance efficiency, including in cost of production. These changes will be staged to commence between 2019 and 2022 according to water quality risk. The minimum practice standards align with recognised benchmarks for agricultural practices but limit run-off while sustaining farm productivity and profitability.”

This statement yet again highlights the Queensland Labor Government’s incorrect presupposition that the farmers and graziers of the state are not at the cutting edge of innovation and practices that better manage and balance both the environment and profitability.

The state government did not provide details of proposed minimum practice standards prior to adoption nor did they afford those directly affected an adequate time frame in which to state their cases and highlight the significant impost such drastic legislations would cause. The Environmental Protection (Great Barrier Reef Protection Measures) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 neglects any producer undertakings that address measures of ensuring reef quality that aren’t encapsulated under official Best Management Practice (BMP) initiatives. This skews data surrounding BMP uptake figures. The legislation does not factor in clear evidence of demonstrated improvements made by the sugar industry in using fallow rotations, trash blanketing and underground fertiliser applications.

It does not take into account that over 70% of the states cane growing land is already being operated under industry best practices. It instead gives broad reaching power to a departmental Chief Executive officer in setting minimum standards and the ability to change them without sufficient consultation, accountability, or regard to potential crop yield reduction and increased cost burdens. The classifications used to categorise land conditions used within the regulations are based on an A, B, C, D, framework. With no provision within this framework for percentages of land falling within a classification, graziers with even the smallest proportion of land categorised as “poor”, would then be deemed to be managing this classification over the entire holding.




The Green Shirt Movement need your help to take action on matters that affect both regional and city Australians. 
It does not take a lot of time or money to assist, simply learn about our campaigns and sign the petition or donate.
Remember that we are stronger in numbers!


Green Shirts Movement Australia (GSM) is a not-for-profit organisation campaigning to ensure that the grassroots Australia is represented and governed by good people and good policy.

GSM is not a deductible gift recipient (DGR) organisation or fund that registers to receive tax deductible gifts, nor is it a registered political party under State or Federal legislation. Therefore, contributions are not deductible for income tax purposes.

To help us continue to be the voice for rural, regional and reasonable people we raise money through donations help pay for things like advertising, billboards, print advertisements and representing your voice to governments at all levels.

We are NOT apolitical – we are very political – however we are NOT party aligned. We expect and will support GOOD PEOPLE and GOOD POLICY, no matter from whence we find it. We will not blindly attach ourselves to any political party. We expect parties to put themselves SECOND to the welfare of the people they purport to represent. We are driven by you. As political parties are abandoning the grassroots, we will fill that void. We will give our all to ensure policy is driven from the grassroots up, and not inflicted on us from those that feel they are our betters.

Your donation makes our movement stronger and strengthen your voice.


By donating to Green Shirts, donors confirm that:

The individual or entity making the donation is not a Foreign Donor, as defined by the Commonwealth Electoral Act (1918).
The funds they are donating are not being provided to them by another person or entity for the purposes of making their contribution.

Persons or entities are required to register as a political campaigner when:
electoral expenditure exceeds $500,000 during that financial year or any one of the previous three financial years; or electoral expenditure exceeds $100,000 during that financial year, and electoral expenditure during the previous financial year was at least two-thirds of the revenue of the person or entity for that year.

As such, if Green Shirts Movement Australia’s expenditure reaches such levels, we are obliged under the Commonwealth Electoral Act to disclose to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) cumulative donations of $14,500 or more in a financial year. The AEC will publish these reports on its website.


When donating specifically towards our Queensland State Election campaigns when held, Qld Electoral laws prevent us from receiving and prohibit donations from Property Developers and their associates. Therefore, when donating, donors confirm that the following statements are true and accurate:
The funds they are donating are not being provided to them by another person or entity for the purposes of making their contribution.

The payment is not made by or on behalf of a ‘prohibited donor’ (being a ‘property developer’), or a ‘close associate’ of a ‘prohibited donor’ as defined by the Electoral Commission Queensland.
By law, donors who contribute an amount of $1,000 or more in aggregate are required to be disclosed to the Electoral Commission Queensland.

This disclosure is made by Green Shirts Movement Australia Pty Ltd and must include the name and address of the donor. Donors which are companies or trusts must provide details of financial officer or trustee(s) as applicable.