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Milne secures $20m for export farmers: Senate now needs to pass it

Export farmers will continue to receive a rebate on the costs of compliance with quarantine regulations for another 12 months while the reform of the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service is being pursued.

Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, secured the ongoing rebate in last minute negotiations with Agriculture Minister, Tony Burke, overnight. Senator Milne will now withdraw her motion to disallow the regulations that end the rebate program and is calling on the Coalition and Independents to support this win-win outcome.

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AQIS reform scuttled by Opposition, Fielding and Xenophon

Senator MILNE (Tasmania) (5:43 PM) -I rise to comment on this issue, with which I have been involved since the start. People in the Senate will be aware that it was my disallowance that went on the Notice Paper straight after the budget. I note with interest that it is Senator Fielding and Senator Colbeck who have taken over my motion, because the one on the books that Senator Colbeck had did not do the job. It did not get it right.

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AQIS reform move to protect export farmers

Senator MILNE (Tasmania) (5:04 PM) -I rise to support the remarks of the chair of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee, Senator Nash, and note that since 2001 the government has provided a 40 per cent contribution towards the cost of providing export inspection and certification services to the meat, grain, fish, dairy, live animal and horticultural export industries. The cost of the services provided was met through a 60 per cent cost recovery from industry and a 40 per cent government contribution.

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Coalition abandons farmers to hot, dry, weedy future

Australian Greens climate change and biosecurity spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, today condemned the agriculture policy released today by Peter McGauran for providing too little too late on weeds, pests and quarantine, and completely failing to even mention climate change.

Senator Milne said, "Mr McGauran's plan to 'capitalise on a return to normal weather patterns' should stand next to his leader, Mark Vaile's recently repeated denial that the drought is linked to climate change as a complete betrayal of rural and regional Australia.

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