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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Coal Seam Gas Industry (Question No. 210)

01 Mar 2011

Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, upon notice, on 17 November 2010: With reference to the coal seam gas mine planned for Curtis Island, within the Murray-Darling Basin catchment area:

Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, upon notice, on 17 November 2010: With reference to the coal seam gas mine planned for Curtis Island, within the Murray-Darling Basin catchment area:

estimates

GM Contamination

23 Feb 2011

Community Affairs Wednesday 23 FebruarySenator SIEWERT—You are probably aware of Mr Marsh’s case in Western Australia. It has certainly been a hot topic of conversation for many people in WA. Have you relooked at your processes or what level of involvement you have had since that case has come to light and since part of Mr Marsh’s property has been decertified?

Community Affairs Wednesday 23 February

Senator SIEWERT—You are probably aware of Mr Marsh’s case in Western Australia. It has certainly been a hot topic of conversation for many people in WA. Have you relooked at your processes or what level of involvement you have had since that case has come to light and since part of Mr Marsh’s property has been decertified?

estimates

Native vegetation on private land

21 Feb 2011

Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee - Monday 21 February 2011
Senator SIEWERT—I understand you have started a project called drivers and barriers to the management of native vegetation on private land.

Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee - Monday 21 February 2011


Senator SIEWERT—I understand you have started a project called drivers and barriers to the management of native vegetation on private land.

estimates

Beyond Farming

21 Feb 2011

Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee - Monday 21 February 2011Mr Noble—I can, if you wish. The program you refer to is called Beyond Farming. It is a program delivered by the WA Council of Social Service. They sought expressions of interest for people to become mentors, so former farmers to become mentors to current farmers. We can provide details about the selection process for those mentors, if you would like.

Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee - Monday 21 February 2011

Mr Noble—I can, if you wish. The program you refer to is called Beyond Farming. It is a program delivered by the WA Council of Social Service. They sought expressions of interest for people to become mentors, so former farmers to become mentors to current farmers. We can provide details about the selection process for those mentors, if you would like.

estimates

Apples and disease

21 Feb 2011

Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee - Monday 21 February 2011Senator COLBECK—No, let Senator Siewert do her WA-specific stuff. The obvious two states are Western Australia and Tasmania who have particular sensitivities, and additional requirements that we have seen with salmon, for example, where salmon is not permitted to go into Australia. There are significant concerns in Tasmania at the moment about the review of the act, and I am sure we will deal with that at an appropriate time. I am concerned about how those things are being managed as part of the process—you say you cannot pre-empt it—but the capacity to actually deal with that is part of this overall process.

Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee - Monday 21 February 2011

Senator COLBECK—No, let Senator Siewert do her WA-specific stuff. The obvious two states are Western Australia and Tasmania who have particular sensitivities, and additional requirements that we have seen with salmon, for example, where salmon is not permitted to go into Australia. There are significant concerns in Tasmania at the moment about the review of the act, and I am sure we will deal with that at an appropriate time. I am concerned about how those things are being managed as part of the process—you say you cannot pre-empt it—but the capacity to actually deal with that is part of this overall process.

estimates

IPA – Caring For Country – NRS Program Funding

21 Feb 2011

Environment and Communications - Monday 21 February 2011Senator SIEWERT—Generally, I want to continue on the course of questioning I was asking about last estimates in terms of funding. In fact, I think over the last two estimates we have been talking about whether the cuts that were announced last year in terms of the funding for Caring for our Country actually moved to the NRS program. My understanding from the answers that we got was that it did. I am just wondering whether you have any more detail about where those cuts have been made to the program.

Environment and Communications - Monday 21 February 2011

Senator SIEWERT—Generally, I want to continue on the course of questioning I was asking about last estimates in terms of funding. In fact, I think over the last two estimates we have been talking about whether the cuts that were announced last year in terms of the funding for Caring for our Country actually moved to the NRS program. My understanding from the answers that we got was that it did. I am just wondering whether you have any more detail about where those cuts have been made to the program.

media-releases

GM concerns continue to crop up

16 Dec 2010

The Australian Greens have today expressed concern about GM crops in WA after Kojonup farmer Stephen Marsh’s property lost organic certification as a result of contamination by neighbouring crops of genetically modified canola.


The Australian Greens have today expressed concern about GM crops in WA after Kojonup farmer Stephen Marsh’s property lost organic certification as a result of contamination by neighbouring crops of genetically modified canola.

media-releases

GM labelling recommendations must be publicly released – Greens

02 Dec 2010

The Australian Greens say many people don’t realise they are buying GM products in stores and supermarkets, with current labelling loopholes making it practically impossible for them to be avoided.

The Australian Greens say many people don’t realise they are buying GM products in stores and supermarkets, with current labelling loopholes making it practically impossible for them to be avoided.

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Aged care organisations face ongoing allocation delays

29 Nov 2010

The Australian Greens have voiced deep concern at the Federal Government’s delay in announcing the 2010 allocation of aged care bed licences and community care packages.

The Australian Greens have voiced deep concern at the Federal Government’s delay in announcing the 2010 allocation of aged care bed licences and community care packages.

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Truth in Labelling - Genetically Modified Material

16 Nov 2010

FOOD STANDARDS AMENDMENT - (TRUTH IN LABELLING— GENETICALLY MODIFIED MATERIAL) BILL 2010  - Second Reading Senator XENOPHON (South Australia) (4.05 pm)—I move: That this bill be now read a second time. I table an explanatory memorandum relating to the bill and seek leave to have the second reading speeches incorporated in Hansard. Leave granted.Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (4.05 pm)—The incorporated speech read as follows—

FOOD STANDARDS AMENDMENT - (TRUTH IN LABELLING— GENETICALLY MODIFIED MATERIAL) BILL 2010  - Second Reading

Senator XENOPHON (South Australia) (4.05 pm)—I move: That this bill be now read a second time. I table an explanatory memorandum relating to the bill and seek leave to have the second reading speeches incorporated in Hansard. Leave granted.

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (4.05 pm)—The incorporated speech read as follows—

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