Agriculture & Rural Affairs

The long-term sustainability of agriculture is essential for Australia’s society, economy and environment. Many threats are facing the sector, including climate change and competition for farm land. Rural Australia faces complex agricultural, environmental and social challenges that the Greens are strongly committed to addressing.


Australian Greens Additional Comments - Biodiversity Bill Inquiry

17 Mar 2015

Australian agriculture in particular is dependent on high quality biosecurity arrangements. After climate change, the introduction of pests and diseases is the biggest threat that this sector faces.


Greens welcome initiative that improves transparency between consumers and Australian farmers

16 Mar 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed an initiative by AgConnectWA that uses smartphones to connect consumers with the origin of the product they buy at their local shops.


Greens table motion calling on increased protection for non-GMO farmers

03 Mar 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert will today table a motion aimed at protecting non-GMO and organic farmers like Steve Marsh – who recently incurred enormous financial costs as a result of contamination from a neighbouring GM canola farmer.


Greens: NT must not go in the opposite direction to Tasmania on fracking

27 Feb 2015

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has slammed the NT Government approach to fracking and the Hawke Report tabled in the NT Parliament yesterday supporting fracking, saying ‘no regulatory process will ever be able to fully promise that contamination will not occur as a result of fracking in Australia’.


Regulatory body will take ‘some weeks’ to decide if imported berries are considered higher risk

26 Feb 2015

Questioning during estimates has revealed it will take ‘some weeks’ for Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) to undertake a risk assessment which will advise the Department of Agriculture on whether to increase risk levels on berries entering Australia.


29 out of 30 importers of Chinese berries continue to send berries to Australia through failing biosecurity checks

23 Feb 2015

Further questioning in senate estimate hearings this afternoon have revealed further flaws in the regulatory process that is supposed to ensure biosecurity in Australia.


No extra food safety checks after Hep A outbreak

23 Feb 2015

Under questioning by Greens Senator Rachel Siewert, the Department of Agriculture has confirmed berries being imported to Australia are not being subjected to any extra safety checks, in spite of contaminated products sparking an outbreak of Hepatitis A.


Greens: We can’t expect to catch contaminated berries when the Government cuts funds

20 Feb 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has slammed statements from the Prime Minister who reject changes to the system saying it was the responsibility of business not poision their customers and it was a 'balancing act' that did not impose unnecessary burdens on business.  


Action on climate change, not prayer the answer for drought

04 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to take meaningful action on climate change to combat the long term threat that drought poses to Australia's agricultural sector.


Biosecurity bill undermined by budget cuts

27 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens said today that Government’s efforts on biosecurity are undermined by their reckless budget cuts and lack of meaningful action on climate change.

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