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.


Greens launch ag package that would help innovate agriculture to combat climate change

19 May 2016

The Greens are taking a major sustainable agriculture package to the election with a focus on research and development so that farmers can continue to grow the world’s best quality food despite mounting pressures that include climate change.


Don’t defer the backpacker tax, dump it: Greens

17 May 2016

Deferring the backpacker tax for six months for a ‘whole of Government review’ is a tactic to hose down opposition in the lead up to Election Day, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.


Greens announce opposition to backpacker tax

15 May 2016

The Australian Greens today confirmed that they oppose the backpacker tax, saying it would unfairly impact on farmers and growers.


Country of Origin labelling is a step in the right direction but it could be clearer: Greens

31 Mar 2016

Australian Greens spokesperson on Agriculture Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed the roll out of country of origin labelling by the Government today but said the model doesn’t fully deliver for farmers or consumers.   


A register of foreign owned farmland is pointless if it is not public: Greens

30 Mar 2016

Moves by the Federal Government to make private a register of foreign agricultural land ownership has been slammed by the Australian Greens as ‘defeating the purpose of transparency and tougher scrutiny for foreign ownership of Australian farmland’.


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.


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. 


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. 


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.


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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