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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


SA farmers must have right to refuse fracking

13 Feb 2014

The Australian Greens have moved to protect South Australian farmers from shale gas fracking, as community concern grows over unconventional mining on farming land.


Indigenous consultation needed for Woomera mining proposal

13 Feb 2014

Senator Wright's speech on the proposal to open the Woomera Protected Area to mining and the appalling lack of consultation with the traditional owners of the land.


Call to give farmers the legal right to refuse fracking

13 Feb 2014

Motion noting concerns of communities in South Australia and Western Austraia about shale and other unconventional mining on farming land


Will the government rule out axing telephone access for all?

12 Feb 2014

Is it still anticipated that TUSMA would retain its independent status as the delivery mechanism for the USO in this brave new world that we are entering? What is this current government’s policy on the universal service obligation?

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