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R&D for landscape futures

The recent axing of Land and Water Australia (LWA) and cuts to critical funding programs under the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) cast doubt on the way the Rudd government is managing Australia's natural resources. Together with the slashing of funding for regional natural resource management (NRM) groups and the mishandling of the Caring for our Country program, we have a picture of a federal government that simply does not understand the challenges facing regional Australia.

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Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme

I rise to speak on the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 and related bills. Many people in this place will know that, before I entered the parliament, I was the coordinator for the Conservation Council of Western Australia. Prior to that I worked in agriculture, so I have some experience dealing with the issue of climate change. For over two decades I have been personally involved in this debate and it saddens me that some people are still questioning whether or not climate change is real and we are still debating what we are going to do about it.

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Continue Polluting Regardless Scheme

As we celebrate World Environment Day this Friday June 5 - the theme of which is ‘UN-ite to stop climate change' - the Liberal and Labor parties continue to argue over what extent greenhouse-intense industries should be protected under the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

Unfortunately, the Rudd government's current scheme is more like a ‘Continue Polluting Regardless Scheme'.

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Greens urge: scrap the CPRS and unleash WA’s renewable energy future

Australian Greens Senator for WA Rachel Siewert and Greens Fremantle MP Adele Carles will address the Climate Emergency Rally in Forrest Chase, TODAY, Saturday 13 June, at 12.30pm.

Senator Siewert, one of five Greens members in the Federal Senate, said she would not support the Rudd Government’s "Continue Polluting Regardless Scheme" in its current form.

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Axing land and water research doesn't add up - Greens

The axing of Land and Water Australia (LWA) seriously undermines agricultural and natural resource management in Australia and will be opposed by the Australian Greens.

"Senate Estimates today revealed that much of the crucial research and extension work currently being carried out by LWA will not be taken over by other agencies," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

"I cannot believe how short-sighted this government is when it comes to securing the future of our agriculture and managing our natural resources."

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Budget delivers no green economy for Western Australia

Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia Rachel Siewert today expressed deep concern that the Federal budget leaves many people behind and does not develop the new green economy.

"While the increase of $32.49 per week for single aged pensioners is a welcome step, the Government has not addressed the crisis Australia is facing in aged care. In fact, for Western Australia I am deeply concerned that beds may need to close and many older people will face deeper hardship, particularly in regional and rural areas," said Senator Siewert.

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