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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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Delay in Country of Origin labelling reform hurts Victorian farmers and food manufacturers

Delay in Country of Origin labelling reform hurts Victorian farmers and food manufacturers

With reports that the Abbott government will not move to change country of origin food labelling laws until at least the end of the year, the Greens say there’s no reason for the delay.

“Victoria's farmers and food manufacturers are under pressure right now, and right now we’ve got a bill in the Parliament to help consumers give them support,” said Australian Greens Senator for Victoria Janet Rice.

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Speech: Biosecurity Bill 2014 et al Second Reading

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (18:24): I rise to speak on the Biosecurity Bill 2014 and four separate but related bills. My colleague senator Rachel Siewert has set out in a detailed way why this bill does need to be supported but it needs to be strengthened to gain that support. The majority committee report has a number of very useful recommendations regarding the bill, and the Greens amendments detail why we need to protect our environment, our industry and our economy. Biosecurity issues go to the very fabric of society. They are just so important.

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