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Greens propose amendments to break wheat deadlock


The Australian Greens are proposing amendments to break the ongoing political deadlock surrounding reforms to Australia’s wheat industry.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on agriculture says the amendments to the Wheat Export Marketing Amendment Bill 2012 seek to deliver the best outcomes for growers across the country.

“The wheat export industry is at different stages in respect to deregulation around the country and the Greens are not able to support the Bill as it stands.

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Tripartite support for foreign land ownership register an important first step

The Australian Greens, who have long called for a register of foreign ownership of agricultural land, have called Prime Minister Gillard’s re-announcement today “an important step in protecting our national interest” and vowed to work with the government in implementing it.

The Greens also have a bill in the Senate with Senator Xenophon to introduce a stricter national interest test for the Foreign Ownership Review Board’s review of sales of agricultural land, and will continue to pursue that issue.

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Senate acknowledges Australian farmers


The Senate has today acknowledged the integral contribution farmers make to Australian life by passing a motion noting the Australian Year of the Farmer.

The motion by Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert and Senators Richard Colbeck and Glenn Sterle, called on the Government to provide support and funding for Australian Year of the Farmer initiatives.

“Australia’s farmers are an integral part of our economy and communities,” Senator Siewert said today.

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Government should stop spending peanuts on invasive grasses

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.

“The real elephant in the room is the lack of priority and funding which is given to outback biodiversity protection and management,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens natural resource management spokesperson said today.

“I’m amazed such a suggestion has been made given the potential damage that could be caused by such introductions and the fact that there are already ways of dealing with this problem.

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Pricing carbon makes Australia a world leader in action against climate change - WA Greens

WA Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam say today's historic carbon price vote is the start of serious action on climate change.

"The passage of the Clean Energy Future package through the Senate represents a new beginning for our economy, with new industries and new jobs being created," Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Government overlooks overseas wisdom on sustainable agriculture and food planning

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.

“Knowledge and information is essential for addressing the joint issues of food security and sustainable agriculture,” Senator Siewert said today.

“I am concerned that the Government is not embracing international efforts that would help us develop effective food plans in Australia.

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Agricultural planning essential for food security – Greens

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.

Agriculture spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert said today that planning for the future would help the sector cope with the inevitable challenges to the country’s food security and ensure agriculture is sustainable into the future.

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Liberal Senator should retract live export claims - Greens

The Australian Greens have called for a full retraction from Liberal Senator Chris Back over his allegations that workers at Indonesian abattoirs were paid to mistreat Australian Cattle.

Senator Back made the comments in a Senate Inquiry hearing into welfare standards in Australia’s live exports market.

“It is absolutely clear from the evidence given by ABC’s Four Corners, and journalist Sarah Ferguson in particular that Senator Back’s claims are baseless,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson said today.

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Greens vow to fight for indigenous communities as second report highlights policy failures

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.

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Climate package biodiversity and NRM investment a big win for WA

The Australian Greens say funding from the carbon price package will be used to boost natural resource management programs across Western Australia.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on natural resource management said today that protecting and valuing the land and our biodiversity is an important part of tackling climate change.

“The package provides $1.7 billion of independently managed funding which will be used to protect biodiversity and assist natural resource management,” Senator Siewert said today.

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