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No fracking way – Greens stand with farmers against shale in Geraldton

At a community meeting in Geraldton tonight, the Australian Greens will launch their policy to stand by Western Australian farmers protecting their land and water from shale gas mining.

"Rural Western Australian communities are facing an onslaught of shale gas expansion that threatens to ruin valuable agricultural land and water supplies," Western Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said.

"Tony Abbott and Colin Barnett are bending over backwards for the big mining companies and leaving farmers stranded to fight a David and Goliath battle without any legal footing.

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Greens call for independent body to oversee biosecurity

The Greens have called on the Government to act on the recommendations of a Senate Committee and establish an independent statutory body to oversee quarantine and biosecurity policy and operations.

The Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee today has handed down a report examining the biosecurity threats posed by imports of Fijian ginger, New Zealand potatoes and Malaysian pineapples.

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New commitments needed to protect Australia's natural resources

The Australian Greens have welcomed today's call from the ACF and NFF for a new decade of action to tackle the challenges confronting Australia's land, water, wildlife and farmland, saying the federal government needs to provide strong, ongoing investments in Landcare, biodiversity and NRM programs.

"For 25 years, people across the country have been working hard to protect and repair our environment, but a lot more needs to be done," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson said today.

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Tony Abbott’s parallel universe

The CSIRO's new State of the Climate report is unequivocal: Australia's climate is warming, with storms, floods, bushfires and droughts all set to get worse.

"I don't know what fantasy world Tony Abbott lives in, but it's not the one the rest of us share," said Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne.

"Australians are already suffering through the reality of devastating bushfires, scorching heatwaves and crippling drought, and the science says we need to take action to stop temperatures rising further.

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PM’s drought plan won’t help farmers long term

The Australian Greens have welcomed increased drought support for farmers, but say action on global warming must be part of any effort to protect rural communities. The Greens have announced a plan to support farmers facing global warming in the long term.

"The biggest challenge facing Australian farmers is the Abbott government's denial of global warming," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"Tony Abbott and Barnaby Joyce insist that it is something that cannot be planned for. They do not understand drought.

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Agriculture cuts could pay for election promises

The Australian Greens said today it is likely that the Agriculture Department will be required to make a range of damaging cuts to pay for the government's election promises on biosecurity and R&D.

"The Government promised $100 million in funding for rural research and development during the election, but today the department was unable to tell me any detail on this commitment including whether this was new money or not," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson said today.

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Climate Council report exposes Abbott government’s drought failure

The Australian Greens say today’s heatwave report from the Climate Council isn’t just another warning sign – it’s heartbreaking proof that Australia is not doing enough to tackle global warming.

“Our communities are already experiencing heatwaves at a severity that scientists didn’t expect until 2030,” said Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne.

“Heatwaves impact health and result in more deaths, also having a huge impact on transport infrastructure and agriculture.

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PM Abbott's drought tour deliberately flying blind - Greens

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says the Prime Minister is touring drought stricken farms and turning a blind eye to the impacts of global warming.

"Tony Abbott is touring drought stricken farms with his head buried in the dust bowl, doing everything he can to pretend global warming is not happening" Senator Milne said.

"It's cruel and craven to tell farmers you care about them and the drought when you are doing everything you can to tear down global warming policy that will help them in the long term.

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