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.
15 May 2009
Australian Greens Environment Spokesperson Rachel Siewert will urge the Federal Government not to support two road proposals allocated large sums of money in the WA Budget.
14 May 2009
The Australian Greens have put their support behind the Fair Trade Fortnight (2-17 May), encouraging Australians to take part in events occurring around the country.
"Fair trade enables consumers to make an ethical choice when purchasing products, enabling even the simplest of transactions to have huge, global impact," said Australian Greens industrial rights spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.
12 May 2009
Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia Rachel Siewert today expressed deep concern that the Federal budget leaves many people behind and does not develop the new green economy.
"While the increase of $32.49 per week for single aged pensioners is a welcome step, the Government has not addressed the crisis Australia is facing in aged care. In fact, for Western Australia I am deeply concerned that beds may need to close and many older people will face deeper hardship, particularly in regional and rural areas," said Senator Siewert.
07 May 2009
The Australian Greens today condemned moves by the Rudd Government to shut down the Land and Water Australia (LWA) rural research and development corporation, saying it was more evidence that they were "totally clueless" on natural resource management and sustainable agriculture.
"Land and Water Australia are one of the very few sources of funding for essential research into tackling some of Australia's biggest environmental problems and engaging farmers in managing the health of our soil, water and remnant native vegetation," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.
"Shutting down LWA will cut the legs out from under a whole string of ongoing research projects where LWA is one of the funding partners."
05 May 2009
Visit to Hermannsburg - April 2009
16 Mar 2009
The Food Safety (Trans Fats) Bill 2009 aims to reduce the Australian public's exposure to unsafe synthetic trans fatty acids, which are known to the public as ‘trans fats'.
10 Mar 2009
More money, not less, would be available for country sport under an alcohol sponsorship substitution scheme proposed by the Australian Greens.
24 Feb 2009
The Australian Greens have expressed deep concern at major cuts in Federal Government funding for WA regional natural resource management (NRM) groups.
16 Dec 2008
The Australian Greens today expressed their deep concern over expansion of the Ord River irrigation project in North Western Australia, following Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's announcement of funding under the Federal Government's infrastructure package.
"The Rudd Government need to stop and look at the bigger picture, before rushing into large-scale irrigation projects in Northern Australia," said Senator Rachel Siewert.
30 Nov 2008
In 2008, the first genetically engineered (GE) crops were harvested in Australia, and already there is evidence of GE seed contamination. Australian farmers explain the threats GE crops pose for farming.