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Simms in the Senate Update - June 2016

This edition of Simms in the Senate covers Senator Robert Simms' recent work on promoting green jobs for SA, protecting the Great Australian Bight, standing with the community against a nuclear waste dump in regional SA, phasing out live animal export, and the latest campaign news on marriage equality, Safe Schools, tertiary education, and more.

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Joyce and Windsor to ship more livestock jobs offshore

New England Greens candidate Mercurius Goldstein says livestock industry jobs will continue to be lost to the region while both Barnaby Joyce and Tony Windsor continue to support the live export trade.

“The Greens have consistently supported the local livestock industry over live exports. Reports of up to 100 job losses at Inverell now confirm the need for all of us to work out how we will support local livestock and local jobs.”

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BREAKING: Live export horror - Turnbull must act

Commenting on tonight's ABC report that shows exported Australian cattle sledgehammered to death, Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

"The ABC report of the most horrific treatment of live export cattle is sickening, heart breaking and beyond belief.

"Prime Minister Turnbull must respond to Animal Australia's call for urgent intervention to stop this horror.

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Greyhound industry needs to be shut down

Commenting on reports that Greyhound Racing NSW has charged 179 trainers and owners for allegedly exporting dogs to Macau, Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

"The sheer scale of the number of trainers involved shows that this systemic abuse of the rules cant be fixed. This industry needs to be shut down.

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Time to stop Joyce plan to smash free range egg definition

Commenting on this week's meeting of consumer affairs ministers that will decide on a definition of free range egg production, Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called for the decision to be consistent with consumer expectations of animal welfare.

"Today's report that systems with more than six times the number of hens per hectare than what is judged to be a fair assessment of free range could also use that label should not be agreed to.

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Daily greyhound racing death toll comes to NSW parliament

The Greens joined community members and their dogs outside NSW Parliament today with a display of 47 empty collars in an effort to urge the state Liberal-National government to support a ban on greyhound racing in this state. Photos are attached and high-res photos available upon request. 

According to evidence presented to the Special Commission of Inquiry, up to 47 greyhounds are killed each day across Australia because they are no longer wanted by the racing industry.

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Keogh appointment may scramble free-range standards

Commenting on the appointment of Mick Keogh as the new Agriculture Commissioner for the ACCC, Greens Senator and spokesperson for animal welfare Lee Rhiannon said: 

“For 13 years, Mick Keogh has been at the helm of an organisation whose key objective is to increase profits in the agricultural sector. 

“The prioritisation of profits over consumer rights and animal welfare is what led to the misuse of the free-range label in the first instance. 

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