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.

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Greens ‘fully committed’ to live export ban

30 May 2011

The Australian Greens have condemned the Federal Government’s decision to resume the exports of live cattle to Indonesia.

The Australian Greens have condemned the Federal Government’s decision to resume the exports of live cattle to Indonesia.

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Agriculture Minister must act to stop live export of cattle

30 May 2011

The Australian Greens said tonight that the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig must immediately suspend exports of live cattle to Indonesia in light of the horrific details revealed on Four Corners.

The Australian Greens said tonight that the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig must immediately suspend exports of live cattle to Indonesia in light of the horrific details revealed on Four Corners.

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Government must immediately stop live cattle exports to Indonesia

30 May 2011

The Australian Greens said today the Federal Government should stop live cattle exports to Indonesia immediately in light of graphic evidence of exported Australian cattle being inhumanly treated at Indonesian abattoirs.

The Australian Greens said today the Federal Government should stop live cattle exports to Indonesia immediately in light of graphic evidence of exported Australian cattle being inhumanly treated at Indonesian abattoirs.

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Greens slam token live export suspension

27 May 2011

The Australian Greens have described the suspension of live exports to three Indonesian abattoirs as a ‘token step’ being taken as graphic new evidence emerges showing the inhumane treatment of cattle.

The Australian Greens have described the suspension of live exports to three Indonesian abattoirs as a ‘token step’ being taken as graphic new evidence emerges showing the inhumane treatment of cattle.

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Live Exports - Meat and Livestock Australia

24 May 2011

RURAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT LEGISLATION COMMITTEE   Estimates  TUESDAY, 24 MAY 2011 Full Transcript
Meat and Livestock Australia Senator SIEWERT:  I would like to ask about live cattle export. I will clarify some numbers firstly. In terms of the work that the industry is doing, we heard this afternoon—and I am sure you are aware of what we were talking about this afternoon—that the minister has written to the industry.

RURAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT LEGISLATION COMMITTEE   Estimates  TUESDAY, 24 MAY 2011 Full Transcript


Meat and Livestock Australia

Senator SIEWERT:  I would like to ask about live cattle export. I will clarify some numbers firstly. In terms of the work that the industry is doing, we heard this afternoon—and I am sure you are aware of what we were talking about this afternoon—that the minister has written to the industry.


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Live Exports - Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation

24 May 2011

RURAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT LEGISLATION COMMITTEE    Estimates   TUESDAY, 24 MAY 2011  Full TranscriptSenator SIEWERT:  You said that you are still sending off Mark 1 boxes, and we are talking about Mark 4 boxes. How many Mark 4s are you aware of that Indonesia is currently using?

RURAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT LEGISLATION COMMITTEE    Estimates   TUESDAY, 24 MAY 2011  Full Transcript

Senator SIEWERT:  You said that you are still sending off Mark 1 boxes, and we are talking about Mark 4 boxes. How many Mark 4s are you aware of that Indonesia is currently using?

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Drought Reform Measures - WA Pilot

23 May 2011

RURAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT LEGISLATION COMMITTEE  Estimates  MONDAY, 23 MAY 2011  Full Transcript
Senator SIEWERT:  I want to ask about the reform process and the extra money you have been given. As I understand it, you have got $5.8 million for implementing the reform process. You are going to undertake a number of initiatives. Can you explain what the process is from here and how the resources are being allocated.

RURAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT LEGISLATION COMMITTEE  Estimates  MONDAY, 23 MAY 2011  Full Transcript


Senator SIEWERT:  I want to ask about the reform process and the extra money you have been given. As I understand it, you have got $5.8 million for implementing the reform process. You are going to undertake a number of initiatives. Can you explain what the process is from here and how the resources are being allocated.

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BRS

23 May 2011

RURAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT LEGISLATION COMMITTEE  Estimates MONDAY, 23 MAY 2011  Full TranscriptSenator SIEWERT:  In your 2007-08 department annual report there was a project by Access Economics which was around developing—this is a BRS project, actually—an Excel model to estimate the potential environmental and economic impacts of various greenhouse gas mitigation strategies for Australian farmers. Has that report ever been tabled or released? 

RURAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT LEGISLATION COMMITTEE  Estimates MONDAY, 23 MAY 2011  Full Transcript

Senator SIEWERT:  In your 2007-08 department annual report there was a project by Access Economics which was around developing—this is a BRS project, actually—an Excel model to estimate the potential environmental and economic impacts of various greenhouse gas mitigation strategies for Australian farmers. Has that report ever been tabled or released? 

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Drought Review Process

23 May 2011

RURAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT LEGISLATION COMMITTEE  Estimates  MONDAY, 23 MAY 2011 - Full Transcripts
Senator SIEWERT:  Firstly, can we go through where we are up to with the drought review process and how any future process for drought and exceptional circumstances now ties in with the pilot in WA now that has been extended.

RURAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT LEGISLATION COMMITTEE  Estimates  MONDAY, 23 MAY 2011 - Full Transcripts


Senator SIEWERT:  Firstly, can we go through where we are up to with the drought review process and how any future process for drought and exceptional circumstances now ties in with the pilot in WA now that has been extended.

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Green light for new food labelling

05 Apr 2011

The Australian Greens say a new system of food labelling announced today by Sanitarium should be introduced for all food and beverage products to help consumers make informed purchasing decisions.

The Australian Greens say a new system of food labelling announced today by Sanitarium should be introduced for all food and beverage products to help consumers make informed purchasing decisions.

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