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.


Abbott’s vision for the North is environmental destruction and economic white elephants

18 Jun 2015

The Government is acting like a bull in a china shop when it comes to tipping $5 billion into development in Northern Australia that was today outlined in the Northern Australia white paper announced by the Prime Minister.


Greens: Recommendations by Auditor General for improved biosecurity must be ramped up

11 Jun 2015

Findings released in a performance audit by the Auditor General have confirmed community concerns that processes for checking imported products, like frozen berries, into Australia are not working properly and must be re-evaluated.


Greens Country of Origin labelling Bill is sitting before Parliament and must not be ignored

10 Jun 2015

Australian Greens spokesperson on Agriculture Senator Rachel Siewert has called on the Abbott Government to abandon its delay tactics and pass the industry-supported food labelling reform that’s already before the Parliament.


Government has no formal criteria whilst building Ag White Paper

25 May 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has today said it is a major concern that the Government is still going through the approval processes for the well overdue Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper with no clear end in sight.


Increased checks for contaminated berries is a step in the right direction but more must be done

21 May 2015

Australian Greens spokesperson on Agriculture Senator Rachel Siewert said today that increased checks on imported berries are welcome but more must be done to strengthen the response to potentially contaminated products entering the country.


Biosecurity Bill passes without Australian Greens amendments that would have strengthened the much needed legislation

13 May 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has said the passing of the long anticipated Biosecurity Bill through the Senate today is welcomed but could have been strengthened by 51 amendments proposed by the Australian Greens that weren’t supported.


Greens Senator supports Frack Free Jurien Bay group

28 Apr 2015

As part of a visit to the Mid-West to talk to communities about fracking in Western Australia, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has expressed her on-going support for the Frack Free Jurien Bay group, saying that she shares their concerns about the impacts of fracking.


Preventative biosecurity measures must be increased to stop future outbreaks

14 Apr 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed increased emergency funding to handle further detection of Panama disease, Tropical Race 4 (Fusarium wilt) in Queensland, but said more must be done to quickly establish the origins of the disease and increase preventative measures.


Report into Landcare funding shows continued concern around the organisation’s sustainability

26 Mar 2015

A Senate inquiry report looking into the funding and organisational structure needed to ensure the sustainability of Landcare was last night tabled in the Senate. Greens spokesperson on Agriculture, Senator Rachel Siewert, was on the committee for the inquiry; she today emphasised how important it is that the report be considered for the future of Landcare and natural resource management.


Greens will support Biodiversity Bill with amendments recommended by RRAT Report

17 Mar 2015

A report on the Biosecurity Bill 2014 by the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee has been tabled today in the Senate.

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