The Turnbull government is threatening to use the Racial Discrimination Act in an attempt to overturn a revived tree-clearing crackdown in Queensland, which is expected to be passed into law this week.
|Federal Minister for Resources and Northern Australia|
Matthew Canavan hope to use the High Court to overturn
Queensland's tree-clearing crackdown.
Federal Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matthew Canavan confirmed that advice was being sought to possibly intervene in the High Court over the state laws.
Senator Canavan said the federal government was responding to calls from indigenous leaders who believed the proposed legislation would stifle economic development opportunities on Cape York.
The revival of the legislation, which contains more restrictions than flagged at the November election, follows the defeat of similar laws under the previous minority Palaszczuk government when it was opposed by former indigenous MP Billy Gordon.
Read Michael McKenna’s story from The Australian - “Matt Canavan threatens challenge to tree-clearing laws.”