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

Cross-border patients denied access to Commonwealth facilities in NT

23 Nov 2009

"The Rudd government is failing in its responsibilities to Aboriginal Australians by failing to ensure the health facilities it provides to the Northern Territory government are accessible to all on the basis of need," said Australian Greens health spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"It is simply not good enough that someone living just on the wrong side of a state or territory border should be denied access to facilities provided by our national government for the good of all Australian citizens."

"The Rudd government is failing in its responsibilities to Aboriginal Australians by failing to ensure the health facilities it provides to the Northern Territory government are accessible to all on the basis of need," said Australian Greens health spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"It is simply not good enough that someone living just on the wrong side of a state or territory border should be denied access to facilities provided by our national government for the good of all Australian citizens."

news-stories

Labelling of GM ingredients in food

09 Nov 2009

There is a Food Labelling Review taking place in Australia at the moment and it's looking at GM food labelling. Many people want to be able to choose whether to buy it or not (for various reasons), and at what price.  We have some GM labelling, but most GM ingredients slip through loopholes. Currently although up to 70% of processed food contains GM ingredients almost none legally require labelling.

You only have until 20th November to ask the Food Labelling Review Panel to LABEL ALL GM FOOD.

Use our letter writing section to send your thoughts directly to the review panel at FSANZ.

There is a Food Labelling Review taking place in Australia at the moment and it's looking at GM food labelling. Many people want to be able to choose whether to buy it or not (for various reasons), and at what price.  We have some GM labelling, but most GM ingredients slip through loopholes. Currently although up to 70% of processed food contains GM ingredients almost none legally require labelling.

You only have until 20th November to ask the Food Labelling Review Panel to LABEL ALL GM FOOD.

Use our letter writing section to send your thoughts directly to the review panel at FSANZ.

estimates

FSANZ & GM in foods

21 Oct 2009

COMMUNITY AFFAIRS

Senator SIEWERT-I would like to ask, firstly, about the presence of novel DNA and protein in highly processed oils. I know I have asked a series of questions several times around this issue. Since I last asked, have you done any testing of food oils in Australia for the presence of novel DNA and proteins-either yourselves or with other organisations?

Dr Brent-The answer is no, we do not do testing of novel DNA and protein. What we do is we get information from a variety of scientific sources in order to do our risk assessments before we amend the food standards code and approve a GM food.

COMMUNITY AFFAIRS

Senator SIEWERT-I would like to ask, firstly, about the presence of novel DNA and protein in highly processed oils. I know I have asked a series of questions several times around this issue. Since I last asked, have you done any testing of food oils in Australia for the presence of novel DNA and proteins-either yourselves or with other organisations?

Dr Brent-The answer is no, we do not do testing of novel DNA and protein. What we do is we get information from a variety of scientific sources in order to do our risk assessments before we amend the food standards code and approve a GM food.

media-releases

Gorgon partners’ real intentions revealed: Greens

20 Oct 2009

The Australian Greens say that their fears for the industrialisation of pristine Barrow Island, off WA’s north-west coast, have been confirmed by reports this week that Chevron hopes to expand a gas processing hub on the island from three LNG trains to five.

The Australian Greens say that their fears for the industrialisation of pristine Barrow Island, off WA’s north-west coast, have been confirmed by reports this week that Chevron hopes to expand a gas processing hub on the island from three LNG trains to five.

news-stories

Newsflash: Ireland bans GM

17 Oct 2009

Ireland will ban growing of GM crops, and a voluntary GM-free label can be placed on all animal products (such as meat, poultry, eggs, fish, crustaceans, and dairy) that are raised with GM-free feed, according to a GM-Free Ireland press release. Ireland joins Japan and Egypt as one of the few but growing number of countries that have banned the cultivation of GM crops.

Ireland will ban growing of GM crops, and a voluntary GM-free label can be placed on all animal products (such as meat, poultry, eggs, fish, crustaceans, and dairy) that are raised with GM-free feed, according to a GM-Free Ireland press release. Ireland joins Japan and Egypt as one of the few but growing number of countries that have banned the cultivation of GM crops.

media-releases

Biodiversity report highlights need for action: Greens

29 Sep 2009

A report released today on Australia’s biodiversity highlights the need for greater protection of Australia’s unique flora and fauna, the Australian Greens say.

A report released today on Australia’s biodiversity highlights the need for greater protection of Australia’s unique flora and fauna, the Australian Greens say.

media-releases

Greens urge Fed Govt to save Derby men’s service

23 Sep 2009

The Australian Greens are urging the Federal Government to ensure that a successful men’s service in WA's east Kimberley that has been widely praised for tackling alcohol abuse and reducing domestic violence is not forced to close its doors next week.

“Wamba Nilgee Burru Ngardu, also known as Derby Men's Service, accommodates about 60 men a week – providing a place to eat, sleep and wash, while supporting them to turn their lives around,” Senator Rachel Siewert said.

The Australian Greens are urging the Federal Government to ensure that a successful men’s service in WA's east Kimberley that has been widely praised for tackling alcohol abuse and reducing domestic violence is not forced to close its doors next week.

“Wamba Nilgee Burru Ngardu, also known as Derby Men's Service, accommodates about 60 men a week – providing a place to eat, sleep and wash, while supporting them to turn their lives around,” Senator Rachel Siewert said.

media-releases

Sad story of Pipistrelle bat a lesson: Greens

07 Sep 2009

The Australian Greens have urged the Federal Government to act earlier to protect the habitat of threatened species, following revelations that Christmas Island's Pipistrelle bat is doomed to extinction.

The Australian Greens have urged the Federal Government to act earlier to protect the habitat of threatened species, following revelations that Christmas Island's Pipistrelle bat is doomed to extinction.

media-releases

Chocolate fairtrade move opens way for more ethical consumer goods

27 Aug 2009

The Australian Greens today welcomed reports that Cadbury Australia plans to achieve Fairtrade certification for their main chocolate line by mid 2010, but pointed to the need for adequate Government-mandated labelling systems.

"Whilst this is certainly good news for ethical producers of cocoa, milk and other ingredients sourced by Cadbury, it does show the need for Government to step up to the plate with proper, certified food labels," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

The Australian Greens today welcomed reports that Cadbury Australia plans to achieve Fairtrade certification for their main chocolate line by mid 2010, but pointed to the need for adequate Government-mandated labelling systems.

"Whilst this is certainly good news for ethical producers of cocoa, milk and other ingredients sourced by Cadbury, it does show the need for Government to step up to the plate with proper, certified food labels," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

media-releases

WA Agriculture Minister making rash decisions on GM

20 Aug 2009

The Greens today expressed their concern at Western Australian Agricultural Minister Terry Redman's attitude to genetically modified crops, following the Minister's return from a 'fact-finding' visit to Canada.

"Regulation of GM in this country is grossly inadequate and highlights why it is so important to maintain the moratorium on GM crops," said Australian Greens spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.

The Greens today expressed their concern at Western Australian Agricultural Minister Terry Redman's attitude to genetically modified crops, following the Minister's return from a 'fact-finding' visit to Canada.

"Regulation of GM in this country is grossly inadequate and highlights why it is so important to maintain the moratorium on GM crops," said Australian Greens spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.

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