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Export credit agency backflips on live exports, Greens call for documents

The Senate has passed a Greens motion calling on the Turnbull government to release documents relating to Australia’s export finance credit agency (EFIC) and live exports (below).
 
The motion follows an extraordinary backflip by EFIC last week, after state director Phil Smith said the agency did not fund the live export trade because it involved ‘too much cruelty’. 
 
On Thursday EFIC’s chief executive contradicted Mr Smith, calling the comments untrue and the situation ‘embarrassing’.
 
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California recognises the “swampy” world of kangaroo politics – species at risk

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11 January 2017

California recognises the “swampy” world of kangaroo politics – species at risk

The Californian government’s Fair Political Practices Commission has warned the Australian government to stop their underhand tactics to restart the trade in kangaroo products into California, Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 

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Sea Shepherd doing the government's job in the Southern Ocean

Greens spokesperson for Whaling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson says that the Australian Government's failure to keep their promise to monitor Japanese whaling activity in the Southern Ocean means a slaughter in the Southern Ocean is immenent this Christmas.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The Liberal Government is showing a perverse lack of will in failing to send a patrol boat and protect Australian waters from whaling.

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Federal, state Greens statement on NSW greyhound racing ban reversal

The decision of the major parties to back the continuation of the greyhound industry in NSW is tragic. It is a setback. But in recent months there have also been considerable achievements as more people have become aware of the need to shut down this cruel industry. 

Sadly for now the suffering of thousands of animals will continue. But it is inevitable that greyhound racing in Australia will end. There are only eight countries where this cruel sport continues on a commercial scale.

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Federal, state Greens statement on NSW greyhound racing ban reversal

The decision of the major parties to back the continuation of the greyhound industry in NSW is tragic. It is a setback. But in recent months there have also been considerable achievements as more people have become aware of the need to shut down this cruel industry. 

Sadly for now the suffering of thousands of animals will continue. But it is inevitable that greyhound racing in Australia will end. There are only eight countries where this cruel sport continues on a commercial scale.

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Urgent need for a national ban on greyhound racing

Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon has commented on reports that the NSW ban on greyhounds is at risk of a constitutional challenge. Senator Rhiannon says that a national ban on greyhound racing is needed to secure the recent ban in NSW.

“The time for a nationwide ban on greyhound racing is now. Such a ban would nullify the effect of any constitutional challenge.

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Greens welcome news Elder is quitting live exports

The Greens have welcomed news that Elder, one of the largest suppliers to the live export market, is pulling out of live cattle and sheep exports. 

Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “This is good news for animal welfare and good news for domestic meat processing. 

“The Greens are calling for a transition towards domestic meat processing, which would deliver new skilled and semi-skilled jobs in regional areas. 

“Ending the cruel live export trade and boosting local industry and jobs go hand in hand. 

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Historic NSW victory shows it’s time to ban greyhound racing across Australia – Greens launch national campaign

Following the historic NSW decision to ban greyhound racing the Australian Greens have launched a national campaign to ban greyhound racing in all states and territories.   

Senator Lee Rhiannon joined ACT Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Caroline Le Couteur in Canberra to celebrate the victory and launch the national campaign. 

“The historic win in NSW has given great encouragement to us that we can win a nationwide ban,” said Senator Rhiannon. 

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Productivity Commission vindicates Greens bill for Independent Office of Animal Welfare

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon today said the Productivity Commission’s recent draft report on the Regulation of Agriculture vindicates the Greens’ bill to establish an Independent Office of Animal Welfare.

“The Productivity Commission’s draft report into the Effectiveness of Farm Regulations recommends the Australian Government establishes an independent body to oversee animal welfare standards across Australia to help achieve this aim.

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