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Legislate to protect dairy farmers: Greens

The Australian Greens are calling on the government to act to prevent retrospective price decreases in the dairy industry, while the ACCC investigates. The Greens outlined this proposal in a letter to the Deputy Prime Minister and Shadow Minister for Agriculture in June.

"Dairy farmers are hurting now and swift action is required from the government and ACCC," said Senator Richard Di Natale, Australian Greens Leader.

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Wine tax changes threaten jobs in the South West: Greens

The Coalition's Wine Equalisation Tax reforms  support the big end of town at the expense of local businesses, resulting  in hardship and a loss of jobs across the South West’s wine growing regions, the Greens said today.

Greens Senator for Western Australia and spokesperson on Agriculture, Rachel Siewert, who was involved in the inquiry into the Australian Wine and Grape Industry, said the reforms fail to acknowledge the importance of supporting our tourism and agricultural sectors as we transition out of the mining boom.

 

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Greens launch ag package that would help innovate agriculture to combat climate change

The Greens are taking a major sustainable agriculture package to the election with a focus on research and development so that farmers can continue to grow the world’s best quality food despite mounting pressures that include climate change.

“More than anyone, farmers understand the struggles of climate change and the impacts that can have on our food production. Couple mounting pressures from climate change with increasing costs, and farmers have worrying prospects ahead of them.

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Greens announce opposition to backpacker tax

The Australian Greens today confirmed that they oppose the backpacker tax, saying it would unfairly impact on farmers and growers.

"The Government's backpacker tax is a grab for revenue that ignores the impact on growers”, Australian Greens spokesperson on Agriculture Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“Growers rely on working holiday makers for key seasonal work, such workers will go elsewhere instead of Australia adversely affecting our farming sector.

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Country of Origin labelling is a step in the right direction but it could be clearer: Greens

Australian Greens spokesperson on Agriculture Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed the roll out of country of origin labelling by the Government today but said the model doesn’t fully deliver for farmers or consumers.   

“The labels revealed today are a step in the right direction but would not give consumers as much information as the approach recommended by the Greens.

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