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Greens to lower on-farm energy bills

Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne has announced a plan to lower on-farm energy bills with $100 million in grants for efficiency and infrastructure on energy-intensive farms.

"The clean technology, food and foundry grants program for food processors has been one of the success stories of the package negotiated with the Greens to tackle climate change, but it didn't go far enough," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

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Food Plan Needs to Tackle Supermarket Domination

The government's National Food Plan needs to fix the supermarket duopoly and its impacts on food producers and consumers if it's to have any credibility, the Australian Greens said today.

"For too long governments have failed to stand up to the two big supermarkets, and our farmers and other food producers have suffered as a result," Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

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Biosecurity legislation not good enough

The Senate Inquiry into the Biosecurity Bill 2012, held in Hobart today, heard repeatedly the proposed bill falls well short of the expectations of primary industry and business stakeholders in protecting Tasmania's clean, green reputation and regional distinctiveness.

"Until the regulations that underpin the legislation are released, no one will have confidence the legislation will deliver the improvements the community wants," Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne said today.

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Greens driving country of origin labelling for food

The Australian Greens' legislation to implement Country of Origin food labelling is the focus of Senate hearings in Hobart today.

"I am delighted with the level of goodwill across Australia's food sector to achieving clearer country of origin laws," Australian Greens leader Senator Christine Milne said.

"Building confidence and trust in claims of being Australian grown and processed are critical for community trust and that's why this legislation really matters. It is long overdue.

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Proposed biosecurity bill fails Australian farmers and the environment

The Australian Greens today released a letter sent to Minister Ludwig detailing our strong concerns about the backwardness of the Government's biosecurity bill.

"Biosecurity is a key concern for Australian farmers and environmentalists" said leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Christine Milne.

"In 2008 when the Government accepted the Beale biosecurity report and again in the 2010 election campaign, they promised to implement the full Beale recommendations.  This bill shows that they have completely walked away from this commitment."

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Buy local on Australia Day

One of the best ways to celebrate this Australia Day is to purchase and enjoy Australian grown food and take a moment to thank any farmer you know for our fantastic fresh, clean produce.

The Australian Greens have warmly welcomed Choice's contribution to the push to reform country of origin rules for food labelling.

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Greens commit to a smart farming future


Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens Agriculture spokesperson has today helped launch the Centre For Policy Development’s new report “Farming Smarter, not Harder” at Parliament House.

"This is an important piece of research, which I encourage all MPs to read and engage with,” Senator Siewert said today.

“The report comes at a critical time for Australian agriculture, with global demand for food set to rapidly increase in the coming years.

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