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.


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.


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’.

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