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.

media-releases

GM concerns continue to crop up

16 Dec 2010

The Australian Greens have today expressed concern about GM crops in WA after Kojonup farmer Stephen Marsh’s property lost organic certification as a result of contamination by neighbouring crops of genetically modified canola.


The Australian Greens have today expressed concern about GM crops in WA after Kojonup farmer Stephen Marsh’s property lost organic certification as a result of contamination by neighbouring crops of genetically modified canola.

media-releases

GM labelling recommendations must be publicly released – Greens

02 Dec 2010

The Australian Greens say many people don’t realise they are buying GM products in stores and supermarkets, with current labelling loopholes making it practically impossible for them to be avoided.

The Australian Greens say many people don’t realise they are buying GM products in stores and supermarkets, with current labelling loopholes making it practically impossible for them to be avoided.

media-releases

Aged care organisations face ongoing allocation delays

29 Nov 2010

The Australian Greens have voiced deep concern at the Federal Government’s delay in announcing the 2010 allocation of aged care bed licences and community care packages.

The Australian Greens have voiced deep concern at the Federal Government’s delay in announcing the 2010 allocation of aged care bed licences and community care packages.

speeches-in-parliament

Truth in Labelling - Genetically Modified Material

16 Nov 2010

FOOD STANDARDS AMENDMENT - (TRUTH IN LABELLING— GENETICALLY MODIFIED MATERIAL) BILL 2010  - Second Reading Senator XENOPHON (South Australia) (4.05 pm)—I move: That this bill be now read a second time. I table an explanatory memorandum relating to the bill and seek leave to have the second reading speeches incorporated in Hansard. Leave granted.Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (4.05 pm)—The incorporated speech read as follows—

FOOD STANDARDS AMENDMENT - (TRUTH IN LABELLING— GENETICALLY MODIFIED MATERIAL) BILL 2010  - Second Reading

Senator XENOPHON (South Australia) (4.05 pm)—I move: That this bill be now read a second time. I table an explanatory memorandum relating to the bill and seek leave to have the second reading speeches incorporated in Hansard. Leave granted.

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (4.05 pm)—The incorporated speech read as follows—

media-releases

Greens welcome marine sanctuary roadmap

11 Nov 2010

The Australian Greens have welcomed the release of a report which sets out a blueprint for establishing a network of marine sanctuaries in Australia’s South West Marine Bioregion.

The Australian Greens have welcomed the release of a report which sets out a blueprint for establishing a network of marine sanctuaries in Australia’s South West Marine Bioregion.

motions

Food Labelling

27 Oct 2010

FOOD LABELLINGSenator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (4.30 pm)—I, and also on behalf of Senator Xenophon, move:

FOOD LABELLING

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (4.30 pm)—I, and also on behalf of Senator Xenophon, move:

questions-on-notice

Pest and Weed Management

25 Oct 2010

(Question No. 15)  Senator Siewert asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, upon notice, on 28 September 2010: With reference to the Government’s announcement of $15 million over 4 years from unallocated departmental funds to: ‘establish a comprehensive national applied research program to investigate and solve the most serious invasive plant problems across the most populated parts of Australia’; ‘bring together national experts, land managers and relevant stakeholders to develop improved understanding about the information required to effectively manage the risks associated with the most important invasive plants in forests, pastures and native vegetation’; and ‘ensure better coordination and information exchange between researchers, land managers and regulatory agencies for management of invasive species’:

(Question No. 15)  Senator Siewert asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, upon notice, on 28 September 2010: With reference to the Government’s announcement of $15 million over 4 years from unallocated departmental funds to: ‘establish a comprehensive national applied research program to investigate and solve the most serious invasive plant problems across the most populated parts of Australia’; ‘bring together national experts, land managers and relevant stakeholders to develop improved understanding about the information required to effectively manage the risks associated with the most important invasive plants in forests, pastures and native vegetation’; and ‘ensure better coordination and information exchange between researchers, land managers and regulatory agencies for management of invasive species’:

speeches-in-parliament

Social Security and Indigenous Legislation Amendment

24 Jun 2010

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (12.29 pm)—I will keep my comments brief. The Greens will be supporting the Social Security and Indigenous Legislation Amendment (Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2010.

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (12.29 pm)—I will keep my comments brief. The Greens will be supporting the Social Security and Indigenous Legislation Amendment (Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2010.

speeches-in-parliament

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code

24 Jun 2010

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (11.56 am)—I seek leave to have my speech on the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Amendment Bill 2010 incorporated in Hansard.This bill permits APVMA to alter the label on chemical products to make them compliant with lower chemical residues regulations in our export markets. As the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry acknowledges ‘Trade risks can arise where residues are below the Australian maximum residue limit but exceed the standards set by an importing country’.

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (11.56 am)—I seek leave to have my speech on the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Amendment Bill 2010 incorporated in Hansard.

This bill permits APVMA to alter the label on chemical products to make them compliant with lower chemical residues regulations in our export markets. As the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry acknowledges ‘Trade risks can arise where residues are below the Australian maximum residue limit but exceed the standards set by an importing country’.

questions-without-notice

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

18 Jun 2010

Senator SIEWERT (2.52 pm)—My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy, Senator Wong. Given the similarity in possible causes of the current disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the Montara oil spill in the Timor Sea

Senator SIEWERT (2.52 pm)—My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy, Senator Wong. Given the similarity in possible causes of the current disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the Montara oil spill in the Timor Sea

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