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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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NSW greyhound racing ban should be replicated across the country

Australian Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon said the ban on greyhound racing announced by the NSW Government today should be replicated across the country. 

“The Baird government has announced that greyhound racing will be banned in NSW after the special commission of inquiry found evidence of systemic animal abuse and cruelty, including live baiting and mass slaughter of greyhounds. The inquiry noted that the industry was not capable of reforming in the short or medium term.

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Greens take "End live exports" campaign to Tamworth - Joyce a jobs killer in New England

The Greens gave strong backing to the “Give our kids a start” rally outside Barnaby Joyce’s Tamworth office today, to protest at the Deputy Prime Minister’s failure on the jobs front for local young people and his ongoing backing of the live export trade. 

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens New England candidate Mercurius Goldstein attended today’s rally. 

Senator Rhiannon said, “Mr Joyce has done a massive disservice to New England and does not deserve to be re-elected. 

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Coalition-Labor back animal cruelty - Govt vet alleged removal exposes latest live export scandal

The alleged removal of a senior live export veterinarian from her job with the Department of Agriculture reveals the level of control the live export industry has over the Turnbull-Joyce government, Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

The ABC's 7.30 report "Vet removed for exposing appalling conditions on live export ships" was screened last night.

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Simms in the Senate Update - June 2016

This edition of Simms in the Senate covers Senator Robert Simms' recent work on promoting green jobs for SA, protecting the Great Australian Bight, standing with the community against a nuclear waste dump in regional SA, phasing out live animal export, and the latest campaign news on marriage equality, Safe Schools, tertiary education, and more.

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