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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Agricultural planning essential for food security – Greens

04 Oct 2011

The Australian Greens have welcomed today’s launch of the Blueprint for Australian Agriculture, highlighting the need for a clear vision for the country’s agricultural future.

The Australian Greens have welcomed today’s launch of the Blueprint for Australian Agriculture, highlighting the need for a clear vision for the country’s agricultural future.

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Liberal Senator should retract live export claims - Greens

15 Sep 2011

The Australian Greens have called for a full retraction from Liberal Senator Chris Back over his allegations that workers at Indonesian abattoirs were paid to mistreat Australian Cattle.

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Greens vow to fight for indigenous communities as second report highlights policy failures

09 Aug 2011

The Australian Greens have vowed to continue fighting for Aboriginal communities after an Amnesty International report condemned the Federal Government’s abandonment of remote communities in the NT in favour of ‘growth towns’. 
The Amnesty report comes just one day after another highly critical report revealed the expensive gap between policy intent and implementation.
“I welcome the spotlight being returned to examine the state of Aboriginal housing, health, education and disadvantage in this country,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens Spokesperson for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues said today.
“While these reports highlight major deficiencies in the current delivery of services, the Australian Greens have already been making significant inroads on some of these issues.
Senator Siewert has recently introduced pieces of legislation aimed at reforming the Native Title and re-instating the Racial Discrimination Act in the NT.
“Now that the evidence is beginning to stack up against the past policies of both the Labor Government and the previous Liberal Government, it is impossible for the two old parties to ignore the need for communities to gain control over their own lives.
“The Northern Territory Intervention and compulsory income management was a terrible violation of those principles of self-determination, consultation and partnership, and it is time to unwind these policies and start returning control to communities,” Senator Siewert concluded.

The Australian Greens have vowed to continue fighting for Aboriginal communities after an Amnesty International report condemned the Federal Government’s abandonment of remote communities in the NT in favour of ‘growth towns’. 


The Amnesty report comes just one day after another highly critical report revealed the expensive gap between policy intent and implementation.


“I welcome the spotlight being returned to examine the state of Aboriginal housing, health, education and disadvantage in this country,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens Spokesperson for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues said today.


“While these reports highlight major deficiencies in the current delivery of services, the Australian Greens have already been making significant inroads on some of these issues.


Senator Siewert has recently introduced pieces of legislation aimed at reforming the Native Title and re-instating the Racial Discrimination Act in the NT.


“Now that the evidence is beginning to stack up against the past policies of both the Labor Government and the previous Liberal Government, it is impossible for the two old parties to ignore the need for communities to gain control over their own lives.


“The Northern Territory Intervention and compulsory income management was a terrible violation of those principles of self-determination, consultation and partnership, and it is time to unwind these policies and start returning control to communities,” Senator Siewert concluded.

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Climate package biodiversity and NRM investment a big win for WA

11 Jul 2011

The Australian Greens say funding from the carbon price package will be used to boost natural resource management programs across Western Australia.

The Australian Greens say funding from the carbon price package will be used to boost natural resource management programs across Western Australia.

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Greens secure win for Indigenous Australians on carbon farming

07 Jul 2011

The Australian Greens say their amendments to the Carbon Farming Initiative provides an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to earn carbon credits for activities including improved savannah fire, livestock care, feral animal control, fertiliser, soil or forest management, reforestation and vegetation growth.

The Australian Greens say their amendments to the Carbon Farming Initiative provides an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to earn carbon credits for activities including improved savannah fire, livestock care, feral animal control, fertiliser, soil or forest management, reforestation and vegetation growth.

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Greens ‘fully committed’ to live export ban

06 Jul 2011

The Australian Greens have condemned the Federal Government’s decision to resume the exports of live cattle to Indonesia.

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Senate backs Greens call for Live Export Inquiry

16 Jun 2011

The Senate has today backed the Australian Greens motion for an Inquiry into the role played by Meat and Livestock Australia and other organisations into the inhumane treatment of animals in Indonesia.

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Inquiry into improvements in animal welfare for Australian live exports

16 Jun 2011

Terms of Reference – Business of the Senate No.1 – 16 June 2011 Inquiry into improvements in animal welfare for Australian live exports

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Greens introduce bill to end live exports

15 Jun 2011

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson for animal welfare has introduced legislation in the Senate to permanently ban live export of animals for slaughter.

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MLA continues to let down farmers

14 Jun 2011

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to act quickly on its decision to compel Meat and Livestock Australia to provide an initial $5 million of financial aid to producers affected by the suspension of live exports to Indonesia.

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