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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Up to 23 consignments of produce sent overseas from farm linked to salmonella outbreak

10 Feb 2016

Questioning by Senator Rachel Siewert in Senate estimates last night has revealed Australian lettuce linked to an outbreak of salmonella may have been exported overseas.

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The Australian community deserves regulation that protects their best interests

17 Dec 2015

The Australian Greens are concerned at news reports that regulators may not be appropriately regulating food derived from new genetic modification techniques. Australian regulators need to ensure Australia's legislation is applied appropriately, and that there's strong regulation to protect the best interests of the Australian community. 

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Boosted oversight of foreign owned land and water a win for WA

24 Nov 2015

The Greens have secured an Australian-first register of foreign owned water entitlements, in agreeing to support government legislation that gives the Foreign Investment Review Board greater scope to check if sales of Australian land to overseas buyers is in the national interest. 

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Australian Greens comment on S. KIDMAN & CO. LIMITED sale knockback to foreign purchasers

19 Nov 2015

“The Australian Greens welcome the Treasurer's decision to heed the advice of the Foreign Investment Review Board and refuse authorisation for the foreign acquisition of S. Kidman and Co, which is Australia’s largest private land holding being 2.5 per cent of Australia’s agricultural land”, said Australian Greens spokesperson on Agriculture, Senator Rachel Siewert.

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WA mining and farming land access agreement doesn’t give landholders the right to say no

30 Oct 2015

The Farming Land Access Agreement Template released by the Western Australian Government today does not change the fact that farmers still don’t have legal rights to say no to petroleum activities, including fracking for shale gas, on their land.

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Steve Marsh appeal loss a blow for non-GMO farmers across the nation

03 Sep 2015

Australian Greens spokesperson for Agriculture Senator Rachel Siewert said the appeal loss for Steve Marsh would be a blow for non-GMO farmers across the nation.

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Lining up exploration permits for the South West poses a huge threat to the community in the long-term: Greens

15 Jul 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has said it should serve as ‘a huge alarm signal’ that the Barnett Government has chosen an applicant for a permit to explore the South West region for shale gas and oil.

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Climate change remains to be seen in Ag White Paper

04 Jul 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today that once again the Government has failed to address climate change when producing important framework for Australia’s farmers through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.  

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Abbott’s vision for the North is environmental destruction and economic white elephants

18 Jun 2015

The Government is acting like a bull in a china shop when it comes to tipping $5 billion into development in Northern Australia that was today outlined in the Northern Australia white paper announced by the Prime Minister.

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Greens: Recommendations by Auditor General for improved biosecurity must be ramped up

11 Jun 2015

Findings released in a performance audit by the Auditor General have confirmed community concerns that processes for checking imported products, like frozen berries, into Australia are not working properly and must be re-evaluated.

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