Agriculture & Rural Affairs
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.
30 Oct 2008 | 11:00 am
Thu, 2008-10-30 11:00
The Conservation Council of WA, Organic Growers Association, Network of Concerned Farmers, Organic and Biodynamic Meats, Vegetables Growers WA, Greenpeace and The Wilderness Society have joined forces to organise a KEEP WA GM FREE RALLY
23 Oct 2008
The Australian Greens today expressed concern at the ability of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to protect public health and safety, following the Eating in the Dark report released by Greenpeace Australia.
"This report shows the inherent problems with labelling of Genetically Modified (GM) products in Australia and New Zealand and our failure to adequately assess the safety of GM products. Consumers are still demanding the right to know what is in the food they are eating, and our highest food safety authority is failing to deliver," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert today.
22 Oct 2008
Community Affairs Committee
Budget Estimates for 2008-09 (Supplementary hearings)
Senator SIEWERT-I have a number of areas I want to talk about, but I want to talk about genetic engineering, GMO and the report Greenpeace has just released, and labelling. The issues that Greenpeace raises in its report are around safety and safety assessment but also labelling. I understand Senator Colbeck wants to talk specifically about labelling as well-is that correct?
02 Oct 2008
Australia's response to the Chinese milk scandal has been inadequate, the Australian Greens said today.
"Other countries have responded more rapidly and comprehensively - here in Australia we don't know how many products may contain melamine, we have been slow to test products that pose a risk, and we don't have a comprehensive strategy to deal with the issue," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.
25 Sep 2008
My question is to Senator Ludwig, the minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing. When did the minister first have information that the Chinese sweet, White Rabbit Creamy Candies, was contaminated and was available for sale in Australian supermarkets? What tests have been taken on this product, and when? Are these products now off all shelves in Australia? How can we be assured that there are no other similarly contaminated products in Australia at the time?
25 Sep 2008
I was very surprised that the government was not able to give us more detailed information around this issue. This issue has been ongoing for some time, and it is highly likely that we have in Australia products that are contaminated. The problem is we do not know because these products have not been tested yet. As I understand it, they have been waiting for two days-as was reported yesterday; it is now probably three days-in Western Australia for these products to be tested.