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Fact Check: Is Queensland clearing land as fast as Brazil?

The Greens Deforestation Brazil Queensland

Land clearance is a thorny issue in Queensland, but a fresh urgency has emerged with the state's woodland and scrub now being cleared at a rate equivalent to 1,000 rugby fields a day. The Queensland Greens' website claims that with more than 1 million hectares of native bush and forest cleared in Queensland over the last four years, land clearing in the state is on par with Brazil. RMIT ABC Fact Check found the Greens' claim is a fair call. However, while readily-available data would appear to suggest the current rate of land clearing in Queensland matches ' and may even exceed ' that of Brazil, it is difficult to make a definitive comparison. Fact Check's assessment is based on official figures drawn from each jurisdiction and, in Brazil's case, focuses on its 60 per cent share of the Amazon rainforests. While such data sets allow for a comparison at a glance, they need to be treated with caution as definitions and data collection methods may vary between Australia and Brazil.
Verdict: Fair Call

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