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Boosted oversight of foreign owned land and water a win for WA

 

The Greens have secured an Australian-first register of foreign owned water entitlements, in agreeing to support government legislation that gives the Foreign Investment Review Board greater scope to check if sales of Australian land to overseas buyers is in the national interest.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

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Australian Greens comment on S. KIDMAN & CO. LIMITED sale knockback to foreign purchasers

“The Australian Greens welcome the Treasurer's decision to heed the advice of the Foreign Investment Review Board and refuse authorisation for the foreign acquisition of S. Kidman and Co, which is Australia’s largest private land holding being 2.5 per cent of Australia’s agricultural land”, said Australian Greens spokesperson on Agriculture, Senator Rachel Siewert.

“The Kidman properties are not only iconic, they have high environmental values and are an important part of our agricultural production.

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WA mining and farming land access agreement doesn’t give landholders the right to say no

The Farming Land Access Agreement Template released by the Western Australian Government today does not change the fact that farmers still don’t have legal rights to say no to petroleum activities, including fracking for shale gas, on their land.

“It’s shameful that farmers do not have any legal rights to protect their land, water and the climate from oil and gas when the big petroleum companies come knocking,” Australian Greens Senator for WA, Rachel Siewert, said.

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Steve Marsh appeal loss a blow for non-GMO farmers across the nation

The Court of Appeals’ decision in the Steve Marsh case is a blow to everyone who stands against GM crops and the impact will be disastrous, according to Greens WA Spokesperson for Food and GMOs Lynn MacLaren MLC.

“This most recent decision proves that our State laws don’t protect non-GM farmers or their markets,” Ms MacLaren said.

“The vast majority of farmers are non-GM or organic so the impact on their industry will be incalculable. We need urgent law reform to provide the necessary wide-scale protection.

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Lining up exploration permits for the South West poses a huge threat to the community in the long-term: Greens

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has said it should serve as ‘a huge alarm signal’ that the Barnett Government has chosen an applicant for a permit to explore the South West region for shale gas and oil.

“This is about getting fracking going in the South West, fracking is the method for extracting shale gas, the community will not be fooled.

“For the State Government to downplay potential fracking in the region whilst they are lining up permits for exploration of unconventional gas is offensive and I’m sure will receive immediate backlash from the community.

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Climate change remains to be seen in Ag White Paper

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today that once again the Government has failed to address climate change when producing important framework for Australia’s farmers through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.  

“We know that climate change is one of the biggest threats to Australian agriculture, the Government failed to address it in the Green paper and once again they have failed to effectively address it in the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper released by Barnaby Joyce today.

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Abbott’s vision for the North is environmental destruction and economic white elephants

The Government is acting like a bull in a china shop when it comes to tipping $5 billion into development in Northern Australia that was today outlined in the Northern Australia white paper announced by the Prime Minister.

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today that ‘development in Northern Australia must be innovative, sustainable and in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’.  

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Greens: Recommendations by Auditor General for improved biosecurity must be ramped up

Findings released in a performance audit by the Auditor General have confirmed community concerns that processes for checking imported products, like frozen berries, into Australia are not working properly and must be re-evaluated.

“The audit of the Imported Food Inspection Scheme has confirmed that the system for checking imported products are ‘incomplete and inconsistent’, this must prompt a shakeup of the sector”, says Australian Greens spokesperson on Agriculture, Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Greens Country of Origin labelling Bill is sitting before Parliament and must not be ignored

Australian Greens spokesperson on Agriculture Senator Rachel Siewert has called on the Abbott Government to abandon its delay tactics and pass the industry-supported food labelling reform that’s already before the Parliament.

“The Bill introduced by Senator Christine Milne this year is the result of more than a decade of consultations. Why should Australian farmers and shoppers have to wait any longer?

“It’s clear consumers would like to know three simple things: where their food is grown, manufactured and packaged. The Greens’ Bill will deliver those answers.

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Government has no formal criteria whilst building Ag White Paper

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has today said it is a major concern that the Government is still going through the approval processes for the well overdue Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper with no clear end in sight.

“Questioning in estimates this morning confirmed there is no final date set yet and that the White Paper was still going through the approval process.

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