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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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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Greens welcome WA-NT dialysis deal

10 Dec 2009

The Australian Greens today welcomed the announcement that a deal has been struck between the Northern Territory and Western Australian governments to provide dialysis services and resources in Central Australia.
"This means that the ban on new patients from across the WA border is now lifted and patients from, or east of Warburton can access treatment and care for end-stage kidney disease in Alice Springs," Greens Health Spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

The Australian Greens today welcomed the announcement that a deal has been struck between the Northern Territory and Western Australian governments to provide dialysis services and resources in Central Australia.


"This means that the ban on new patients from across the WA border is now lifted and patients from, or east of Warburton can access treatment and care for end-stage kidney disease in Alice Springs," Greens Health Spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Tri-State meeting fails to solve dialysis dysfunction in Central Desert

04 Dec 2009

The Australian Greens have expressed deep concern about the outcome for Western Australian dialysis patients from the tri-state meeting in Adelaide today on dialysis services. Apparently the WA Government is not commenting until after the weekend, while the South Australian Government has announced that it will not be committing any further funds to address the need for dialysis services in central Australia. "I'm very afraid that this meeting has failed to come to any agreement about funding for the current crisis in dialysis," said the Greens’ Health Spokesperson WA Senator Rachel Siewert.

The Australian Greens have expressed deep concern about the outcome for Western Australian dialysis patients from the tri-state meeting in Adelaide today on dialysis services.

Apparently the WA Government is not commenting until after the weekend, while the South Australian Government has announced that it will not be committing any further funds to address the need for dialysis services in central Australia.

"I'm very afraid that this meeting has failed to come to any agreement about funding for the current crisis in dialysis," said the Greens’ Health Spokesperson WA Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Senate rejects ineffective dieback plan

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.

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.

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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."

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