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SA farmers must have right to refuse fracking

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

Australian Greens Senator for South Australia Senator Penny Wright today sponsored a Senate motion in favour of giving landholders legal rights to refuse shale and fracking on their properties.

"This is a dangerous industry that puts our precious water and farming land at risk," Senator Wright said.

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Call to give farmers the legal right to refuse fracking

We give notice that on the next day of sitting we shall move that -

The Senate notes:

1.    The concern of communities in South Australia and Western Australia about their land and water being threatened by shale and other unconventional gas mining.

2.    That landholders lack the legal right to refuse shale and other unconventional gas mining on their land.

3.    The scientific uncertainty surrounding the environmental and health implications of hydraulic fracturing ('fracking') for shale and other unconventional gas mining.

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Greens call for GM law changes to protect farmers and consumers

The Australian Greens have called for the reinstatement of the moratorium on GM crops in WA and changes to the laws governing liability and food labelling in order to protect the choices of farmers and consumers across the state.

WA Greens Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam and Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren are joining thousands of Western Australians today in support of organic farmer Steve Marsh.

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Fracking will further industrialise the Kimberley - Greens

The Australian Greens said today that shale gas fracking would further industrialise the Kimberley, despite serious and ongoing community and environmental concerns.

"Industry and the WA Government are strongly pushing fracking, despite the risks it presents," Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

"Shale gas fracking and drilling is the latest onslaught to agricultural and regional communities, causing land disturbance and a significant threat of contamination and disruption of groundwater systems.

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Caring for our Country gutted to pay for Royal Commission

The Australian Greens say the Federal Government is treating natural resource management with contempt as it cuts $6.7 million from Caring for our Country to pay for part of the Royal Commission into home insulation.

"The Government has stripped money from Caring for Country for drought and other programs, and now we learn that the program has been targeted yet again," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson said today.

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Ignoring climate change turns the White Paper into a white elephant

The Australian Greens said today that the agriculture White Paper promises to be a white elephant unless it addresses the threats posed to agriculture by climate change and helps the sector prepare accordingly.

"You can't talk about the future of Australia's agriculture, farmers, growers, food security and regional communities without talking about the threats posed by climate change," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson said today.

"The White Paper's terms of reference need to specifically address climate change.

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Australian Greens present pesticides petition to Senate

The Australian Greens today tabled a petition in Parliament on behalf of Pesticides Action Group WA calling for further investigation into the use of pesticides including the illnesses and environmental harm that these products cause.

"At present there is no nationally coordinated bio-monitoring programme or public health surveillance of the Australian population by relevant Australian government authorities," said Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Agriculture.

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