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.
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.
Australian Greens spokesperson on Agriculture Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed the roll out of country of origin labelling by the Government today but said the model doesn’t fully deliver for farmers or consumers.
Moves by the Federal Government to make private a register of foreign agricultural land ownership has been slammed by the Australian Greens as ‘defeating the purpose of transparency and tougher scrutiny for foreign ownership of Australian farmland’.
The Australian Greens are concerned at news reports that regulators may not be appropriately regulating food derived from new genetic modification techniques. Australian regulators need to ensure Australia's legislation is applied appropriately, and that there's strong regulation to protect the best interests of the Australian community.
The long-term sustainability of agriculture is essential for Australia’s society, economy and environment. Many threats are facing the sector, including climate change and competition for farm land. Rural Australia faces complex agricultural, environmental and social challenges that the Greens are strongly committed to addressing.
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