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End cruel shark finning

Despite being illegal in Australia, sharks are still being caught and having their fins removed before being dumped into the ocean to slowly die.

Inconsistent laws between the Commonwealth States and Territories are undermining efforts to end shark finning.

Shark finning is driven by high prices, which sees the products worth up to 700 times as much as shark meat.

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MLA admits warning abattoirs about Four Corners visit


Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson has questioned Meat & Livestock Australia’s reliance on an ‘incremental’ approach to animal welfare improvements in Indonesia.

Representatives from MLA appeared before the Senate Inquiry into live animal exports this evening with Senator Siewert asking them about the welfare measures taken prior to the Four Corners report into the trade.

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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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Mining, marsupials and rural self-determination


"There are things about growing up in a small town that you can't necessarily quantify". Hollywood is a long way from Broome, but when US actor Brandon Routh said this I felt that, in many ways, it summed up why some companies and politicians in the two major parties find it hard to understand why feelings are running so high in the community in regards to the James Price Point gas hub development.

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James Price Point - Take Note Speech

 Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia—Australian Greens Whip) (15:52):  I move: That the Senate take note of the answer given by the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (Senator Conroy) to a question without notice asked by me today relating to bilbies. 

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