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Estimates: Economics Legislation Committee (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission)

Economics Legislation Committee


TREASURY PORTFOLIO - Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Senator RHIANNON: There is growing interest in news that some food producers have been investigated and prosecuted for claims their products come from free-range animals. How many complaints, using free-range claims, have been lodged with the ACCC?

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Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee (Department of Agriculture)

Senator RHIANNON: Dr Grimes, these questions were submitted on notice in November last year, but I have not received an answer so I will ask them again. With regard to the funding of projects that promote kangaroo meat to consumers, what responsibility does the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation have to ensure its funded projects do not present a health risk to consumers?

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Barnaby backs factory farming with his scare tactics on free range eggs

Commenting on Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce’s claims linking avian influenza outbreaks with an increase in free-range egg production, Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said Mr Joyce’s actions worked against the interests of the industry as well as belittling animal welfare standards. 

“The claims of the Agriculture Minister are ludicrous and just show what lengths he will go to back the interests of agribusiness,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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End cruel shark finning

Despite being illegal in Australia, sharks are still being caught and having their fins removed before being dumped into the ocean to slowly die.

Inconsistent laws between the Commonwealth States and Territories are undermining efforts to end shark finning.

Shark finning is driven by high prices, which sees the products worth up to 700 times as much as shark meat.

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