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Food law updates needed

Sydney Morning Herald columnist, Elizabeth Farrelly recently hit the nail on the head when asking why we are happy to play gastronomic Russian Roulette by eating without question any morsel offered us on a plate.
She was questioning why many of us blissfully indulge in healthy looking meals without any thought for the chemistry set that lies within, and was dismayed that a recent government-commissioned review of food labelling was happy for this to continue unabated.

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Chief Scientist professional to the last; her advice should have been better 'heeded'

The Australian Greens today once again thanked outgoing Chief Scientist, Professor Penny Sackett, for her professionalism and courageous advice which should have been heeded more closely by the government.

Professor Sackett told Senate Estimates hearings today that she had not been invited to contribute to any discussions of appropriate emissions reduction targets either before, during or after the Copenhagen climate conference. She also declined to say that she believed her advice to government had been 'heeded'.

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De Kretser is right on floods: Bandt

Greens MP Adam Bandt has backed yesterday's comments from the Victorian Governor on the relationship between climate change and flooding and has said Premier Baillieu is being irresponsible in denying the link.

"The immediate task is to ensure the safety and welfare of Victorians affected by the floods. But this should not prevent us from having a discussion about the impact of climate change and the likelihood of these extreme events recurring," Greens MP Adam Bandt said.

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The Role of Global Warming

After the hottest and wettest year in recorded history, the seas off northern Australia are also currently warmer than ever before.  This heat has led to increased evaporation and so, rainfall.

 Sceptics and defenders of the coal industry may dispute this scientific data, but they don’t.  Instead, they are arguing that there should be no debate – not, at least, until some undefined time in the future when the cataclysm has passed and its injuries are behind us. 

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Minister Carr lets slip: Ecosystems research not aligned to priorities

Minister for Science, Senator Kim Carr, today told the Senate that job cuts at CSIRO announced yesterday were about lining up research with the government's priorities, exposing just what a poor relation public interest research in general, and ecosystems and biodiversity research, in particular, have become.

The statement was in response to a question from Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, about the slashing of 10% of the budget for the new CSIRO Ecosystems Research program, leading to 30 scientists losing their jobs.

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Climate change debate

This motion seems simple, but accepting it means accepting all the consequences that flow from it. By publicly calling the science of climate change ‘crap' and then cleverly maintaining wiggle room, as the members for Flinders and Mitchell have just done-that, perhaps, any changes in temperature are not in fact human induced - the opposition condemns itself globally as a fringe group unwilling to accept the logical consequences of the argument that they have made for many years.

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