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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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Joyce and Windsor to ship more livestock jobs offshore

New England Greens candidate Mercurius Goldstein says livestock industry jobs will continue to be lost to the region while both Barnaby Joyce and Tony Windsor continue to support the live export trade.

“The Greens have consistently supported the local livestock industry over live exports. Reports of up to 100 job losses at Inverell now confirm the need for all of us to work out how we will support local livestock and local jobs.”

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BREAKING: Live export horror - Turnbull must act

Commenting on tonight's ABC report that shows exported Australian cattle sledgehammered to death, Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

"The ABC report of the most horrific treatment of live export cattle is sickening, heart breaking and beyond belief.

"Prime Minister Turnbull must respond to Animal Australia's call for urgent intervention to stop this horror.

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Greyhound industry needs to be shut down

Commenting on reports that Greyhound Racing NSW has charged 179 trainers and owners for allegedly exporting dogs to Macau, Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

"The sheer scale of the number of trainers involved shows that this systemic abuse of the rules cant be fixed. This industry needs to be shut down.

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