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Greens secure win for Indigenous Australians on carbon farming

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 original bill restricted the benefits to holders of exclusive native title, severely constraining the number of people and communities who could benefit.

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Greens ‘fully committed’ to live export ban

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

“The Minister has given no guarantee that animals must be stunned prior to slaughter. Stunning must be a non-negotiable aspect of live trade,” Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said.

“Anything short of stunning before slaughter is not acceptable and constitutes a failure from the Federal Government,” said Senator Siewert.

“OIE guidelines do not require stunning before slaughter of cattle.

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Senate backs Greens call for Live Export Inquiry


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.

“This will be a prompt, public and transparent process which will deliver some important answers about how the animals in Indonesia were allowed to suffer such appalling treatment,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson for animal welfare said today.

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Inquiry into improvements in animal welfare for Australian live exports


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


That the following matters be referred to the Senate Rural Affairs and Transport Reference Committee for inquiry and report by Thursday August 25 2011:

1. Investigate and report into the role and effectiveness of Government, Meat and Livestock Australia, Livecorp and relevant industry bodies in improving animal welfare standards in Australia’s live export markets, including:

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Greens introduce bill to end live exports

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

"The Live Animal Export (Slaughter) Prohibition Bill 2011 seeks to put an immediate end to the horrific treatment of Australian cattle in overseas abattoirs," Senator Siewert said today.

"We are now calling on the Government to bring the Greens' bill on for debate before the end of June. This is important legislation and it should be debated as soon as possible.

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MLA continues to let down farmers


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.

“As revealed in today’s Question Time, MLA has refused the Minister’s request to voluntarily provide this financial assistance,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens animal welfare spokesperson said today.

“This refusal is yet another example of MLA refusing to act in the best interest of Australian farmers.

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Live Animal Exports

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia—Australian Greens Whip) (14:33):  My question is to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Given that the live cattle export industry is now facing serious financial hardship as a result of the necessary suspension of exports to Indonesia, and given the failure of organisations such as Meat and Livestock Australia to maintain welfare standards, I would like to know when and how the government will hold these organisations to account?

Senator RONALDSON:  The farmers' friends, the Greens—what a joke that is!

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Greens call for MLA to face Senate Inquiry

The Australian Greens say Meat and Livestock Australia's role in the inhumane treatment of cattle in Indonesia should be scrutinised in a Senate Inquiry.

"MLA's admission that they were aware of the appalling practices occurring in Indonesia abattoirs raises serious questions about their management of this issue," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson for animal welfare said today.

"People are rightly asking questions of MLA over their involvement in animal welfare management in Indonesia.

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