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.
09 Feb 2012
02 Feb 2012
The Australian Greens say more funding for Indigenous rangers would tackle the issue of out of control Gamba grass, without the need for elephant intervention.
08 Nov 2011
WA Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam say today's historic carbon price vote is the start of serious action on climate change.
18 Oct 2011
Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson has raised concerns about the formation of a national food plan when important international efforts have been overlooked by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
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.
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.
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.
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.