Agriculture & Rural Affairs

The long-term sustainability of agriculture is essential for Australia’s society, economy and environment. Many threats are facing the sector, including climate change and competition for farm land. Rural Australia faces complex agricultural, environmental and social challenges that the Greens are strongly committed to addressing.

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Greens call for independent body to oversee biosecurity

01 Apr 2014

The Greens have called on the Government to act on the recommendations of a Senate Committee and establish an independent statutory body to oversee quarantine and biosecurity policy and operations.

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Funding for NRM groups across WA under threat in the May budget

28 Mar 2014

The Australian Greens have today expressed concerns that NRM groups across WA are facing the prospect of serious funding cuts in the May Budget.

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What travelling through country Australia taught me about mental health needs

24 Mar 2014

Senator Penny Wright reports back to Parliament on her year-long rural mental health roadtrip, to consult people living in country areas about how mental health services could be improved.

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New commitments needed to protect Australia's natural resources

21 Mar 2014

The Australian Greens have welcomed today’s call from the ACF and NFF for a new decade of action to tackle the challenges confronting Australia’s land, water, wildlife and farmland, saying the federal government needs to provide strong, ongoing investments in Landcare, biodiversity  and NRM programs.

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Food For Thought

14 Mar 2014 | 6:30 pm

You are invited to join Senator Rachel Siewert for a discussion of food issues in the South West. 

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Tony Abbott’s parallel universe

04 Mar 2014

The CSIRO's new State of the Climate report is unequivocal: Australia's climate is warming, with storms, floods, bushfires and droughts all set to get worse.

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PM’s drought plan won’t help farmers long term

26 Feb 2014

The Australian Greens have welcomed increased drought support for farmers, but say action on global warming must be part of any effort to protect rural communities. The Greens have announced a plan to support farmers facing global warming in the long term.

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Agriculture cuts could pay for election promises

25 Feb 2014

The Australian Greens said today it is likely that the Agriculture Department will be required to make a range of damaging cuts to pay for the government's election promises on biosecurity and R&D.

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Climate Council report exposes Abbott government’s drought failure

18 Feb 2014

The Australian Greens say today’s heatwave report from the Climate Council isn’t just another warning sign – it’s heartbreaking proof that Australia is not doing enough to tackle global warming.

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PM Abbott's drought tour deliberately flying blind - Greens

17 Feb 2014

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says the Prime Minister is touring drought stricken farms and turning a blind eye to the impacts of global warming.

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