Farming groups are fuming at the prospect Labor's previously defeated land-clearing legislation could be re-introduced.
On day three of the 2017 state election campaign, Premier Annastacia Palasczczuk confirmed she would reintroduce the bill if Labor won the next election.
But it was revealed the particularly controversial reverse onus of proof aspect, which would require farmers to prove their innocence, would be dumped.
A spokeswoman for the Premier said the effect of the legislation would be the same, but reverse onus of proof was no longer needed because of improvements to monitoring, including better quality satellite imagery.
In 2013, the LNP Newman government changed the law to make it easier for farmers to clear their land, which the Labor bill would change.
The defeat of the bill in August 2016, after failing to gain the support of independent MP Billy Gordon, was the first legislation the Palsazczuk government failed to pass.
Labor had hoped to use the 2015 election commitment to showcase its environmental credentials and commitment to the Great Barrier Reef, and the bill was important to UNESCO to keep the reef off the “in danger” list.
AgForce general president Grant Maudsley said Labor needed to completely abandon the whole policy, rather than just remove one element, calling the laws "flawed", and accused the Premier of not understanding regional Queensland.
Mr Maudsley said farmers were fed up with being targeted during elections about how they managed their land.
"Farming families care about their land and know how to manage it responsibly," he said.
"Farming is a difficult enough job as it is, we don't need politicians adding to the difficulties we face."
Mr Maudsley said he believed the laws would make it harder for farmers to grow their businesses which would mean fewer job opportunities in regions like north and far north Queensland.
Queensland Farmers' Federation president Stuart Armitage said farmers did not support a change to the current vegetation management regulations without an inclusive, objective and evidence-based approach to deliver a sensible, sustainable, long-term solution for Queensland," he said.
On Wednesday, Ms Palaszczuk said she had visited farmers' properties to discuss the issue.
"I've made it very clear that we will work with people, we will get it right, we have strong laws to stop the clearing of high-value vegetation in this state, to stop those huge land-clearing rates and that’s what the people of this state want," she said.
It comes as Labor's campaign has attempted to woo the regional vote with jobs and tourism announcements and visits to Proserpine, Townsville and Cairns, and arriving in Rockhampton on Wednesday.
Queensland Conservation Council coordinator Tim Seelig said they welcomed Labor's moves to strengthen land clearing laws.
"Land clearing is a key issue in context of biodiversity loss, habitat destruction, reef pollution and carbon emissions," he said.
But Dr Seelig said reverse onus of proof was not seen as a priority or necessity given modernised monitoring technology and better enforcement.
Last month, it was revealed Queensland cleared an "alarming" 395,000 hectares of land in 2015-16.
Land clearing has been blamed for harming the Great Barrier Reef and loss of habitat and biodiversity.
This story first appeared on Brisbane Times.