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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Preventative biosecurity measures must be increased to stop future outbreaks

14 Apr 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed increased emergency funding to handle further detection of Panama disease, Tropical Race 4 (Fusarium wilt) in Queensland, but said more must be done to quickly establish the origins of the disease and increase preventative measures.

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Report into Landcare funding shows continued concern around the organisation’s sustainability

26 Mar 2015

A Senate inquiry report looking into the funding and organisational structure needed to ensure the sustainability of Landcare was last night tabled in the Senate. Greens spokesperson on Agriculture, Senator Rachel Siewert, was on the committee for the inquiry; she today emphasised how important it is that the report be considered for the future of Landcare and natural resource management.

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Greens will support Biodiversity Bill with amendments recommended by RRAT Report

17 Mar 2015

A report on the Biosecurity Bill 2014 by the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee has been tabled today in the Senate.

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Australian Greens Additional Comments - Biodiversity Bill Inquiry

17 Mar 2015

Australian agriculture in particular is dependent on high quality biosecurity arrangements. After climate change, the introduction of pests and diseases is the biggest threat that this sector faces.

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Greens welcome initiative that improves transparency between consumers and Australian farmers

16 Mar 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed an initiative by AgConnectWA that uses smartphones to connect consumers with the origin of the product they buy at their local shops.

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Greens table motion calling on increased protection for non-GMO farmers

03 Mar 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert will today table a motion aimed at protecting non-GMO and organic farmers like Steve Marsh – who recently incurred enormous financial costs as a result of contamination from a neighbouring GM canola farmer.

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Greens: NT must not go in the opposite direction to Tasmania on fracking

27 Feb 2015

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has slammed the NT Government approach to fracking and the Hawke Report tabled in the NT Parliament yesterday supporting fracking, saying ‘no regulatory process will ever be able to fully promise that contamination will not occur as a result of fracking in Australia’.

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Regulatory body will take ‘some weeks’ to decide if imported berries are considered higher risk

26 Feb 2015

Questioning during estimates has revealed it will take ‘some weeks’ for Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) to undertake a risk assessment which will advise the Department of Agriculture on whether to increase risk levels on berries entering Australia.

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29 out of 30 importers of Chinese berries continue to send berries to Australia through failing biosecurity checks

23 Feb 2015

Further questioning in senate estimate hearings this afternoon have revealed further flaws in the regulatory process that is supposed to ensure biosecurity in Australia.

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No extra food safety checks after Hep A outbreak

23 Feb 2015

Under questioning by Greens Senator Rachel Siewert, the Department of Agriculture has confirmed berries being imported to Australia are not being subjected to any extra safety checks, in spite of contaminated products sparking an outbreak of Hepatitis A.

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