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Estimates: Economics Legislation Committee (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission)

Economics Legislation Committee


TREASURY PORTFOLIO - Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Senator RHIANNON: There is growing interest in news that some food producers have been investigated and prosecuted for claims their products come from free-range animals. How many complaints, using free-range claims, have been lodged with the ACCC?

Mr Sims : A lot. Mr Gregson is looking up the answer. If we do not have it immediately we will get back to you on it.

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Greens call on all state govts to follow ACT farm animal protection law

25 February 2014

Greens call on all state govts to follow ACT farm animal protection law 

The ACT historic law that bans battery cages for egg production and the use of sow stalls and gestation crates for pigs should be adopted by all state governments, Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said today.

Senator Rhiannon said “The passing of the ACT Greens Animal Welfare (Factory Farming) Bill is momentous. This is a great day for farm animals and provides a model for other jurisdictions. 

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Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee (Department of Agriculture)

Senator RHIANNON: Dr Grimes, these questions were submitted on notice in November last year, but I have not received an answer so I will ask them again. With regard to the funding of projects that promote kangaroo meat to consumers, what responsibility does the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation have to ensure its funded projects do not present a health risk to consumers?

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4000 sheep deaths at sea - accountability needed

17 January 2014

Commenting on the death of 4 000 sheep at sea last August, Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

"The Department of Agriculture (DAFF) should explain to the Australian public why a disaster of such magnitude has been kept a secret for the past five months.

"DAFF's silence on this horrific incident serves nothing but to protect the exporter Livestock Shipping Services (LSS) from bad publicity.

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Coalition challenged to phase out live exports after new footage of brutality

12 December 2013

Commenting on new evidence of extreme cruelty inflicted on cattle exported from Australia, the Greens have challenged the Coalition to transition the industry to trade in chilled boxed meat to ensure markets for Australian farmers.

"This latest evidence obtained by Animals Australia showing horrific brutality of cattle is the worst we have seen yet and has to be the last," Greens spokesperson for Animal Welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

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Live export regulations failure cause extreme animal cruelty

31 October 2013

Live export regulations failure cause extreme animal cruelty

Following the disturbing ABC Lateline report on the slaughter of sheep in Jordan in contravention of Australian live export regulations Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has said strong regulatory action needs to be taken against the company.

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Tragic koala deaths show need for upgrade of certification standards

Koala deaths that led to “environmentally friendly” certification being withdrawn from a major timber plantation company show tighter standards need to be in place, according to Australian Greens forestry spokesperson, Senator Lee Rhiannon.

Senator Rhiannon said, “The withdrawal of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for Australian Bluegum Plantations was only possible because workers blew the whistle on practices that were seeing koalas killed and maimed in western Victoria’s so called ‘green triangle’. 

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Barnaby backs factory farming with his scare tactics on free range eggs

Commenting on Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce’s claims linking avian influenza outbreaks with an increase in free-range egg production, Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said Mr Joyce’s actions worked against the interests of the industry as well as belittling animal welfare standards. 

“The claims of the Agriculture Minister are ludicrous and just show what lengths he will go to back the interests of agribusiness,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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