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Greens say Northern development must be sustainable and collaborative

The Australian Greens said today that further development of the north has to be sustainable and in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

"The Government wants to ‘capitalise on the untapped potential of the north', but are in danger of repeating the mistakes of the past when it comes to plans for large scale agriculture and unsustainable development," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson said today.

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Greens respond to Steve Marsh decision

The Australian Greens said today that the campaign to protect people against the threat of GM crops will continue, despite the disappointing verdict in the case of organic farmer Steve Marsh.

"Today's decision reiterates the fact that the rights of non-GM farmers are not being protected, and the system needs to change," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson said today.

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Greens reject call for ABF takeover of biosecurity

The Australian Greens said today that biosecurity operations should not be collapsed into the new Australian Border Force (ABF) as part of Government cost cutting measures.

“Calls from some members of the Government to move away from a stand-along biosecurity body are deeply concerning and could see Australia’s agricultural sector exposed to harmful pests and diseases,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson said today.

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Green Army no replacement for Landcare and NRM cuts

The Australian Greens said today that the Agriculture Minister was trying to downplay cuts to Landcare and natural resource management by spruiking the merits of the Green Army. 

"The government's Green Army regime does not make up for cuts to Landcare and environmental programs. It is an employment program, and a deeply flawed one at that," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson said today.

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Landcare cuts another broken promise – Greens

The Australian Greens said today the Government has broken another promise in cutting funding to Landcare, and have expressed deep concern about the impact of the cuts on NRM efforts.

"In merging Caring for our Country and Landcare to create a single National Landcare Programme, the Government has ripped $483.8 million over five years out of the system. This is a slap in the face for Landcare," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on agriculture said today.

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Landcare funding shouldn't be cut

The Australian Greens are dismayed that National Landcare program has been targeted for a 50% cut in the Commission of Audit report.

"A 50% cut in funding will put important Landcare, natural resource management, environmental programs and jobs at risk and comes as the movement celebrates the 25th anniversary of Landcare " Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson said today.

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Audit cuts to rural SA will have human cost

Huge cuts to rural and regional services will have drastic mental health consequences if adopted by the Abbott Government, Australian Greens Senator for South Australia Penny Wright has warned.

Senator Wright urged the Abbott Government to immediately reject proposals to abolish the Rural Financial Counselling Service and Farm Finance Concessional Loans Scheme.

"The Abbott Government must not sell out rural and regional South Australia," Senator Wright said.

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Concerns raised as the Federal Government works to weaken regulation of AgVet chemicals

The Australian Greens have expressed concerns over the government's plans to alter the registration process for some agricultural and veterinary chemicals, undermining efforts to eliminate potentially hazardous materials.

"It is very concerning that the Agriculture Minister is seeking to wind back reforms on chemical registration and remove important checks and balances from our chemical regulation regimes," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson said today.

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Food security under threat as new research links CO2 to reduced crop quality

The Australian Greens said today that new research linking increased levels of CO2 in the atmosphere to a depletion of the nutritional value of vital crops like wheat, corn and rice shows the dangers facing our agriculture sector and the need to invest in research.

"Research in Nature Climate Change has shown that in addition to climate change threatening our ability to grow crops in the future, it is also linked to a drop in the quality of those crops," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson said today.

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