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WA mining and farming land access agreement doesn’t give landholders the right to say no

The Farming Land Access Agreement Template released by the Western Australian Government today does not change the fact that farmers still don’t have legal rights to say no to petroleum activities, including fracking for shale gas, on their land.

“It’s shameful that farmers do not have any legal rights to protect their land, water and the climate from oil and gas when the big petroleum companies come knocking,” Australian Greens Senator for WA, Rachel Siewert, said.

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Lining up exploration permits for the South West poses a huge threat to the community in the long-term: Greens

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has said it should serve as ‘a huge alarm signal’ that the Barnett Government has chosen an applicant for a permit to explore the South West region for shale gas and oil.

“This is about getting fracking going in the South West, fracking is the method for extracting shale gas, the community will not be fooled.

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Barnaby Joyce knew of Indonesian cattle plan and failed to act on transition

Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said that Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has mislead farmers and the public when he expressed surprise saying he was "disappointed" over the Indonesian government's plan to cut cattle imports from Australia.

"How could Minister Joyce be surprised and disappointed when news of the Indonesian decision has been on the public record for many years," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Climate change remains to be seen in Ag White Paper

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today that once again the Government has failed to address climate change when producing important framework for Australia’s farmers through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.  

“We know that climate change is one of the biggest threats to Australian agriculture, the Government failed to address it in the Green paper and once again they have failed to effectively address it in the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper released by Barnaby Joyce today.

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Abbott’s vision for the North is environmental destruction and economic white elephants

The Government is acting like a bull in a china shop when it comes to tipping $5 billion into development in Northern Australia that was today outlined in the Northern Australia white paper announced by the Prime Minister.

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today that ‘development in Northern Australia must be innovative, sustainable and in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’.  

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