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Australian Greens Support “Eat Australian on Australia Day” campaign

In this, the Australian Year of the Farmer, the Australian Greens encourage all Australians to support our farmers by putting Australian food and beverages on the table as families and communities join together to enjoy Australia Day, Acting Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne said today.

"The "Eat Australian on Australia Day" campaign is a great initiative supporting our primary producers and showcasing the best of the food, wines, beers and soft drinks grown and processed in Australia. I urge all Australians to get behind it.

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The Australian Greens: a list of achievements and activities relevant to Tasmania

The major Greens policies are supportive of Tasmania. For example, the Greens support will get the mining tax through -- and we'll be trying to make it much stronger -- which will redistribute some money from overseas shareholders to Australians including Tasmanians.

A more measured pace in extraction of our mineral resources would mean a lower exchange rate which would help Tasmanian tourism and lower interest rates that would benefit other Tasmanian industries.

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PM must not trade away our health, our creative voice and our farmers

The Prime Minister must not trade away vital health and social policies in her enthusiasm to cooperate with the US government in Trans Pacific Partnership free trade agreement talks underway in Hawaii, the Australian Greens said today.

"The United States, which is driving this agenda, is coming back to get what it didn't succeed in getting through the US-Australia free trade agreement," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Senator Milne's 2nd Reading speech on the Clean Energy Future bills

Senator MILNE (Tasmania-Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens) (11:44): I rise today on what is an historic day in the Australian parliament in the Senate. This is the day when the Senate will begin to consider the clean energy package and will start delivering on real action on climate change in Australia as these bills pass. It is an historic day in Australia and globally because it is the day on which the seven-billionth is expected to join us on the planet. We live on a finite planet and the non-renewable resources of the earth are under huge pressure.

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Asian bee threat to Wet Tropics World Heritage ‘not considered’

The decision not to attempt to eradicate the Asian honey bee must be urgently reconsidered in the light of revelations in the latest annual report of the Wet Tropics Management Authority [WTMA], the Australian Greens said today.

The report notes that:

‘The potential impacts of feral Asian honeybees on the Wet Tropics unique ecosystems or to Australia's natural environment do not appear to have been a consideration in this decision [to discontinue the eradication effort].'

and that:

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Oxfam land grabs report highlights need to reconsider food production & trade

A major international report by Oxfam about the impact of agricultural land grabs around the world shows that current rules, regulations and attitudes about food production and trade are out of step with a new global reality, the Australian Greens said today.

The report's launch coincides with a Senate debate today on Senators Milne and Xenophon's bill for greater oversight and control of the sale of Australian agricultural land and water to overseas interests.

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Foster’s sale: another reason to support small Australian brewers; Cascade must remain in South Hobart

The Australian Greens will work to ensure the historic Cascade brewery remains in South Hobart, generating jobs for Tasmanians, and continue to press for reforms to the tax treatment of microbreweries, in the wake of today's announcement that Foster's will be sold to an Anglo-South African company.

"The loss of another of Australia's food and beverages giants to overseas owners raises important questions for us all to consider," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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