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Live Exports - Meat and Livestock Australia


Meat and Livestock Australia

Senator SIEWERT:  I would like to ask about live cattle export. I will clarify some numbers firstly. In terms of the work that the industry is doing, we heard this afternoon—and I am sure you are aware of what we were talking about this afternoon—that the minister has written to the industry.

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Live Exports - Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation


Senator SIEWERT:  You said that you are still sending off Mark 1 boxes, and we are talking about Mark 4 boxes. How many Mark 4s are you aware of that Indonesia is currently using?

Senator Ludwig:  We can take it on notice and then the MLA will be here later on this evening—

CHAIR:  They are likely to have an accurate estimate of it.

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Northern mammal extinctions the focus of Threatened Species Day

The Australian Greens believe the focus for today's National Threatened Species Day should be on the large scale and rapid decline of small mammals across Northern Australia, which could result in our next wave of extinctions.

"Over the last two decades we've seen a dramatic drop in small mammal numbers and diversity across Northern Australia, requiring serious and urgent action," Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson for Natural Resource Management said today.

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Greens Northern conservation plan to tackle mammal extinctions

The Australian Greens today have launched a comprehensive plan to tackle the wave of mammalian extinctions sweeping across Northern Australia.

"Over the last two decades there has been a dramatic decrease in the diversity and abundance of small mammals across Northern Australia. Serious action is needed now to halt this devastation," said Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens resource management spokesperson today.

"Reports have recently indicated an 82% decline in mammal numbers and a 70% decline in species across Northern Australia.

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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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Govt must take legal action against Japanese whaling right now: Greens

The Australian Greens today called on the Rudd Government to commence legal action against Japan's whaling operations immediately, and make any new deal on a free trade agreement contingent on an end to Antarctic whaling.

"It appears there was no progress made with the Japanese Prime Minister yesterday. The longer the government delays commencing legal action the more whales will be killed in our southern oceans," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Rachel on Japanese whaling - ABC Breakfast

The annual whale hunt is about to commence in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary with Japanese whalers, including the factory ship the Nisshin Maru, in place for the slaughter of nearly 1,000 minke whales and 50 fin whales. The start of the hunt coincides with a brief visit to Japan by Kevin Rudd, who will stop over in Tokyo on his way to Copenhagen to meet the new Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama.

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Government legal action on whaling needs to be enacted immediately

How many more whales have to die before the Government makes up its mind if it is going to take legal action against Japan, asked the Australian Greens today.

"Mr Rudd's threats to take legal action are laughable, unless he has the will to put them into action - his Government has been using the same lines for the last two seasons just as the Coalition did before them, and Australians don't believe him" said Australian Greens marine spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.

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What they never told you:

Most eggs and meat products sold in supermarkets come from factory farms. Many cruel farming systems are being phased out elsewhere in the world, but Australia is lagging behind.

In Australia it is legal to confine a mother pig in a barren metal crate so small that she cannot even turn around. She can be left to suffer in this crate for her entire 4 month pregnancy.

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