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Greens announce opposition to backpacker tax

The Australian Greens today confirmed that they oppose the backpacker tax, saying it would unfairly impact on farmers and growers.

"The Government's backpacker tax is a grab for revenue that ignores the impact on growers”, Australian Greens spokesperson on Agriculture Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“Growers rely on working holiday makers for key seasonal work, such workers will go elsewhere instead of Australia adversely affecting our farming sector.

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Budget fails people outside the major cities

Budget fails people outside the major cities

Malcolm Turnbull’s first budget has let down regional and rural Victorians, say the Greens.

“This Budget ignores the regional and rural Victorians who are doing it tough,” said Victorian Greens Senator Janet Rice.

“Just like Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull is taking the axe to the young, the old and the sick while handing out tax cut election bribes to high income earners and business.

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Country of Origin labelling is a step in the right direction but it could be clearer: Greens

Australian Greens spokesperson on Agriculture Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed the roll out of country of origin labelling by the Government today but said the model doesn’t fully deliver for farmers or consumers.   

“The labels revealed today are a step in the right direction but would not give consumers as much information as the approach recommended by the Greens.

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Australian Greens comment on S. KIDMAN & CO. LIMITED sale knockback to foreign purchasers

“The Australian Greens welcome the Treasurer's decision to heed the advice of the Foreign Investment Review Board and refuse authorisation for the foreign acquisition of S. Kidman and Co, which is Australia’s largest private land holding being 2.5 per cent of Australia’s agricultural land”, said Australian Greens spokesperson on Agriculture, Senator Rachel Siewert.

“The Kidman properties are not only iconic, they have high environmental values and are an important part of our agricultural production.

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WA mining and farming land access agreement doesn’t give landholders the right to say no

The Farming Land Access Agreement Template released by the Western Australian Government today does not change the fact that farmers still don’t have legal rights to say no to petroleum activities, including fracking for shale gas, on their land.

“It’s shameful that farmers do not have any legal rights to protect their land, water and the climate from oil and gas when the big petroleum companies come knocking,” Australian Greens Senator for WA, Rachel Siewert, said.

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