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.


Estimates reveals uncertainty over the future of Landcare & NRM

20 Nov 2013

The Australian Greens said today that Senate Estimates has confirmed the huge uncertainty that hangs over the future of Landcare, natural resource management, drought prevention and sustainable agriculture programs.


Landcare & NRM at Senate Estimates

19 Nov 2013

Recent Government announcements have cast doubt on funding for Lancare and NRM.


Senate Inquiry into GrainCorp takeover to continue

14 Nov 2013

The Australian Greens have welcomed the Senate's decision to continue the Inquiry into ownership arrangements of grain handling, examining the proposed takeover of GrainCorp by Archer Daniels Midland.


Senators reject opportunity to oppose GrainCorp sale

13 Nov 2013

The Australian Greens said today that growers would be disappointed by the failure of MPs to match their public comments on GrainCorp with action in Parliament.


Another Coalition backflip puts Australian farmers at risk

12 Nov 2013

The Australian Greens said today that farmers have been let down by another election backflip from the Agriculture Minister, which targets the nation's front line defence against invasive species.


GrainCorp Senate Inquiry needs completing before takeover decision

08 Nov 2013

The Australian Greens said today that a Senate Inquiry into the proposed takeover of GrainCorp needs to be completed before the Treasurer makes his decision on the acquisition.


Coalition’s backflip on Landcare undermines long term drought strategy

06 Nov 2013

The Australian Greens said today that the Coalition's backflip on Landcare funding was counter-productive to efforts to reduce the impact that drought and climate change is having on Australia's farmers.


Barnaby’s backflip a perfect ten on foreign investment

03 Oct 2013

Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne says the hypocrisy of new Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce on foreign investment has already been exposed, after his miraculous change of heart on the buy up of more than 5,500 square kilometres of cattle station in northern Australia by Indonesian agribusiness. "I never thought of Barnaby Joyce as a gymnast, but this stunning backflip has sold out his constituents with a perfect ten," Senator Milne said.


Abbott should protect Australian farming land

12 Sep 2013

Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert said reports the Indonesian Government is planning to buy one million hectares of Australian farm land should set off major alarm bells.


Greens earmark Collie for renewable energy boom

02 Sep 2013

Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam was in Collie today talking with locals about the Greens' plans for Collie as a renewable energy generation hub. Senator Ludlam, who earlier this year released Energy 2029 - a costed, technical plan for how WA's main electricity grid could switch to 100% renewable energy generation - said Collie should be one of five regional Renewable Energy Zones as it had key attributes that made it the right place to generate renewable energy.

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