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Greens urge cautious approach to developing Northern Australia

The Australian Greens said today that we need to take a cautious approach to development in Northern Australia, saying a priority must be placed on protecting the region's people, environment and diverse economy.

Speaking on the release of the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia final report, Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Agriculture and Rural Affairs said it was important that mistakes of the past were not repeated.

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Greens to oppose disallowance of mushroom, mango and onion levy changes

The Australian Greens have announced that they will oppose moves to disallow increases and amendments to the levies paid by mushroom, mango and onion growers when the matter comes before the Senate next week.

"The Australian Greens understand that increases and amendments to these levies are supported by growers and provide important investments in their industries," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson said today.

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WA to face 40% decrease in rainfall, as Tony Abbott moves to repeal the Clean Energy Package

The Australian Greens said today that a new research paper pointing a severe drop in rainfall for Perth and the south west of the state shows the deep flaws in the Government's plan to abolish the clean energy package.

"On the day the Government is again working to dismantle the effective Clean Energy package, a new report shows that Perth and the south west of the state will see a 40% decrease in rainfall as a result of climate change," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson said today.

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Greens back strong regime for Ag-Vet chemical assessments

The Australian Greens have tabled a dissenting report as part of the Senate Inquiry into the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Amendment (Removing Re-approval and Re-registration) Bill 2014, recommending that the Senate not pass the legislation.

"The APVMA has only just gained the power to review and quickly remove highly hazardous and unmanageable pesticides from the market if they fail to meet today's scientific and regulatory standards," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson said today.

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Green Army could pass the Senate next week

The Australian Greens have expressed concern that the Government's Green Army legislation may pass the Senate next week, saying it does not deliver quality long term environmental or employment outcomes.

"The Greens have serious concerns about the Green Army legislation, given its lack of environmental and employment credentials," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson said today.

"The training components of the scheme are not compulsory and I have concerns about the actual number number of hours participants will get.

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Greens say Northern development must be sustainable and collaborative

The Australian Greens said today that further development of the north has to be sustainable and in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

"The Government wants to ‘capitalise on the untapped potential of the north', but are in danger of repeating the mistakes of the past when it comes to plans for large scale agriculture and unsustainable development," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson said today.

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Greens respond to Steve Marsh decision

The Australian Greens said today that the campaign to protect people against the threat of GM crops will continue, despite the disappointing verdict in the case of organic farmer Steve Marsh.

"Today's decision reiterates the fact that the rights of non-GM farmers are not being protected, and the system needs to change," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson said today.

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