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Federal funding for Australian farmers could be open to environmental challenge, experts warn

Amid call for land-clearing law reparation, lawyers say global agreements may not always permit such assistance

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Constitutional lawyers and environmental groups have warned federal agriculture funding could be open to challenge if it appears to support measures that are inconsistent with international environment agreements.

The National Farmers Federation has called for a dedicated income stream as reparation for state land-clearing laws in the 1990s, as the Morrison government tries to secure a climate policy ahead of Cop26 in Glasgow next month.

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