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.
04 Feb 2010
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.