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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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’:

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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.

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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’.

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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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Oil and Gas Exploration

09 Mar 2010

Oil and Gas Exploration (Question No. 2591)
Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, upon notice, on 2 February 2010: Given that the company responsible for the Montara oil leak disaster, PTTEP Australasia Limited (PTTEP AA), has bought a participation interest in the Woodside Browse Basin oil and gas exploration program:

Oil and Gas Exploration (Question No. 2591)


Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, upon notice, on 2 February 2010: Given that the company responsible for the Montara oil leak disaster, PTTEP Australasia Limited (PTTEP AA), has bought a participation interest in the Woodside Browse Basin oil and gas exploration program:

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Northern Australia

24 Feb 2010

 The DEPUTY PRESIDENT—The President has received a letter from Senator Parry proposing that a definite matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion, namely: The Rudd Labor Government’s continued fail ure to meet the development needs of Northern Australia preventing the region from advancing.

 The DEPUTY PRESIDENT—The President has received a letter from Senator Parry proposing that a definite matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion, namely: The Rudd Labor Government’s continued fail ure to meet the development needs of Northern Australia preventing the region from advancing.

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Fairer Private Health Insurance Incentives - Medicare Levy Surcharge & Medicare Levy Fringe Benefits

23 Feb 2010

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia)  (12.53 pm)—Earlier this year in the Senate the Greens successfully moved to split these fairer private health insurance incentives bills so that we could talk about the increase in the Medicare levy surcharge and means testing the rebate separately and allow a separate vote on the bills.

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia)  (12.53 pm)—Earlier this year in the Senate the Greens successfully moved to split these fairer private health insurance incentives bills so that we could talk about the increase in the Medicare levy surcharge and means testing the rebate separately and allow a separate vote on the bills.

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Transition to Fair Work Bill

04 Feb 2010

BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IMPROVEMENT AMENDMENT (TRANSITION TO FAIR WORK) BILL 2009Second Reading - Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (1.25 pm)—The Australian Greens have been consistent in our opposition to the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act and the operations of the Australian Building and Construction Commission.

BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IMPROVEMENT AMENDMENT (TRANSITION TO FAIR WORK) BILL 2009

Second Reading - Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (1.25 pm)—The Australian Greens have been consistent in our opposition to the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act and the operations of the Australian Building and Construction Commission.

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Natural resources management and conservation challenges

04 Feb 2010

The final report of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee, Natural resources management and conservation challengesSenator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (10.53 am)—The Greens moved to refer national resource management and conservation to the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport because we felt it was so important that Australia had a proud legacy of funding to the National Soil Conservation program, the Landcare program, the Natural Heritage Trusts 1 and 2 and various smaller funding systems under that. We have developed a very proud tradition of land care. In fact, there are 56 regional natural resource management organisations around the country, in various states and under different management regimes.

The final report of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee, Natural resources management and conservation challenges

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia)
(10.53 am)—The Greens moved to refer national resource management and conservation to the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport because we felt it was so important that Australia had a proud legacy of funding to the National Soil Conservation program, the Landcare program, the Natural Heritage Trusts 1 and 2 and various smaller funding systems under that. We have developed a very proud tradition of land care. In fact, there are 56 regional natural resource management organisations around the country, in various states and under different management regimes.

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Renal Health Serivces

03 Feb 2010

Renal Health Services Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (6.03 pm)—by leave— I move: That the Senate take note of the documents. I thank the Senate for the opportunity to respond to these letters. Unfortunately, the letters are very disappointing because they do not provide, firstly, any information additional to what we already know and, secondly, a way forward as to the desperate situation that is still facing many people with endstate kidney disease in Central Australia and particularly in South Australia.

Renal Health Services

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia)
(6.03 pm)—by leave— I move: That the Senate take note of the documents.

I thank the Senate for the opportunity to respond to these letters. Unfortunately, the letters are very disappointing because they do not provide, firstly, any information additional to what we already know and, secondly, a way forward as to the desperate situation that is still facing many people with endstate kidney disease in Central Australia and particularly in South Australia.

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