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.


Senate opposes move to collapse biosecurity operations

28 Oct 2014

The Senate has today backed an Australian Greens motion calling on the Government to rule out any push to integrate Australia's biosecurity operations into the new Australian Border Force Agency. 


Agricultural Green Paper misses the biggest threats faced by rural communities

20 Oct 2014

The Australian Greens said today they are shocked that the Federal Government's Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper doesn't address climate change, one of the biggest threats posed to the future of Australia's agriculture and rural communities.


Greens plan strong future for South West agriculture and food security

04 Oct 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the State and Federal Governments are failing to protect local industry and food security in the South West.


Greens back recommendations on grass-fed cattle levies

09 Sep 2014

Australian Greens Senators Rachel Siewert and Pete Whish-Wilson have supported the Senate Inquiry report into Industry structures and systems governing levies on grass-fed cattle, and tabled some additional comments to the Committee to address issues that will have long term bearings on the industry.


Greens urge cautious approach to developing Northern Australia

04 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens said today that we need to take a cautious approach to development in Northern Australia, saying a priority must be placed on protecting the region's people, environment and diverse economy.


Greens to oppose disallowance of mushroom, mango and onion levy changes

21 Aug 2014

The Australian Greens have announced that they will oppose moves to disallow increases and amendments to the levies paid by mushroom, mango and onion growers when the matter comes before the Senate next week.


WA to face 40% decrease in rainfall, as Tony Abbott moves to repeal the Clean Energy Package

14 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens said today that a new research paper pointing a severe drop in rainfall for Perth and the south west of the state shows the deep flaws in the Government's plan to abolish the clean energy package.


Greens stand firm as Senate caves on Ag Vet chemical reforms

14 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Government and Opposition have weakened the nation's chemical and pesticide safety regimes by repealing reforms to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority.


Greens call on the ALP to stand behind ag vet chemical reforms

20 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens have called on the ALP to stand behind newly implemented reforms to the APVMA, which radically improve the reassessment process for a range of highly toxic chemicals and pesticides.


Greens back strong regime for Ag-Vet chemical assessments

17 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens have tabled a dissenting report as part of the Senate Inquiry into the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Amendment (Removing Re-approval and Re-registration) Bill 2014, recommending that the Senate not pass the legislation.

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