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.
24 Nov 2009
The Australian Greens have urged the Federal Government to properly resource and update its national plan for tackling Phytophthora dieback after the Senate voted to disallow the Government’s plan because it was out-of-date and ineffectual.
“This disease is the biggest single threat to biodiversity in the south-west of WA, where it has already destroyed one million hectares and placed another million hectares are considered at high risk of infection, it is essential that we have an effective plan” Greens Western Australian Senator Rachel Siewert said.
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."
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.
21 Oct 2009
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.