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RIP Barnaby's backpacker tax

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, announces the Greens position on the Government’s backpacker tax Bill.

Senator Whish-Wilson said “The Greens want backpackers to be taxed at the same rate as residents. However, we will support the cross-bench amendment to reduce the government’s 19% rate to 10.5%. With the Greens and Labor support of this amendment, the Bill will likely return to the House at a lower rate and the Government has said they will kill it.

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Government’s problems with the backpacker tax are all of its own making

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following response to the government’s increasingly desperate attempts to save itself from self-imposed humiliation on its backpacker tax.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The spree of media releases from the government and agencies yesterday shows that they are making it up as they go along with the backpacker tax; desperately trying to shift the blame to anyone but themselves over the farce that they created.

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Australia needs an Agriculture Minister that specialises in agriculture, not secrecy.

Australia needs an Agriculture Minister that specialises in agriculture, not secrecy.

The Greens say recent revelations about Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce spending tens of thousands of dollars to hide a letter add to his refusal to release a cost-benefit analysis for moving the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, and raise serious questions about his integrity.

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Legislate to protect dairy farmers: Greens

The Australian Greens are calling on the government to act to prevent retrospective price decreases in the dairy industry, while the ACCC investigates. The Greens outlined this proposal in a letter to the Deputy Prime Minister and Shadow Minister for Agriculture in June.

"Dairy farmers are hurting now and swift action is required from the government and ACCC," said Senator Richard Di Natale, Australian Greens Leader.

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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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Greens announce package to help farmers sell direct

The Australian Greens have announced plans to break the duopoly of major supermarkets with an initiative that will help farmers sell their produce directly to members of the community, Senator Rachel Siewert has said today.

“Many Australians want to buy fresh, locally grown food, but it isn’t always easily available.

“The Greens will provide $80 million to strengthen local food systems, and connect farmers to communities by helping to start farmers markets and mobile markets.

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Wine tax changes threaten jobs in the South West: Greens

The Coalition's Wine Equalisation Tax reforms  support the big end of town at the expense of local businesses, resulting  in hardship and a loss of jobs across the South West’s wine growing regions, the Greens said today.

Greens Senator for Western Australia and spokesperson on Agriculture, Rachel Siewert, who was involved in the inquiry into the Australian Wine and Grape Industry, said the reforms fail to acknowledge the importance of supporting our tourism and agricultural sectors as we transition out of the mining boom.

 

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Greens launch ag package that would help innovate agriculture to combat climate change

The Greens are taking a major sustainable agriculture package to the election with a focus on research and development so that farmers can continue to grow the world’s best quality food despite mounting pressures that include climate change.

“More than anyone, farmers understand the struggles of climate change and the impacts that can have on our food production. Couple mounting pressures from climate change with increasing costs, and farmers have worrying prospects ahead of them.

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