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Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (11.56 am)—I seek leave to have my speech on the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Amendment Bill 2010 incorporated in Hansard.

This bill permits APVMA to alter the label on chemical products to make them compliant with lower chemical residues regulations in our export markets. As the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry acknowledges ‘Trade risks can arise where residues are below the Australian maximum residue limit but exceed the standards set by an importing country’.

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Oil and Gas Exploration

Oil and Gas Exploration (Question No. 2591)

Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, upon notice, on 2 February 2010: Given that the company responsible for the Montara oil leak disaster, PTTEP Australasia Limited (PTTEP AA), has bought a participation interest in the Woodside Browse Basin oil and gas exploration program:

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Renal Health Serivces

Renal Health Services

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia)
(6.03 pm)—by leave— I move: That the Senate take note of the documents.

I thank the Senate for the opportunity to respond to these letters. Unfortunately, the letters are very disappointing because they do not provide, firstly, any information additional to what we already know and, secondly, a way forward as to the desperate situation that is still facing many people with endstate kidney disease in Central Australia and particularly in South Australia.

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Greens welcome WA-NT dialysis deal

The Australian Greens today welcomed the announcement that a deal has been struck between the Northern Territory and Western Australian governments to provide dialysis services and resources in Central Australia.

"This means that the ban on new patients from across the WA border is now lifted and patients from, or east of Warburton can access treatment and care for end-stage kidney disease in Alice Springs," Greens Health Spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Tri-State meeting fails to solve dialysis dysfunction in Central Desert

The Australian Greens have expressed deep concern about the outcome for Western Australian dialysis patients from the tri-state meeting in Adelaide today on dialysis services.

Apparently the WA Government is not commenting until after the weekend, while the South Australian Government has announced that it will not be committing any further funds to address the need for dialysis services in central Australia.

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