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Country of origin food labelling: Greens call on ALP and Coalition support for legislation

Christine Milne 26 Dec 2011

With new revelations in today's press about misleading "Made in Australia" labelling of food in supermarkets, the Australian Greens have again called on the government and opposition to support legislative moves for truth in labelling before negotiations through the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade agreement make it more difficult.

"Australians want to know where the food they eat and feed their families comes from, but at the moment they can't even trust the 'Made in Australia' labels in supermarkets," Australian Greens Acting Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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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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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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Labor and Libs reject microbrewery excise change, but Greens won’t give up

The Australian Greens will continue to work to reform the definition of a microbrewery for tax purposes, helping more innovative small businesses become medium-sized businesses and increasing tax revenues, despite Labor, the Liberals and the Nationals all voting against a motion on the issue today.

Microbreweries can only access the excise refund that other small local producers get if they brew less than 30,000 litres a year. This limit, and the $10,000 cap on the total refund, is stifling the growth of the industry, allowing further market domination by imported beers.

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Greens call for excise change to help microbreweries help the economy

The Australian Greens will move in the Senate tomorrow calling on the government to reform the definition of a microbrewery for tax purposes, helping more innovative small businesses become medium-sized businesses and increasing tax revenues.

Microbreweries can only access the excise refund that other small local producers get if they brew less than 30,000 litres a year. This limit, and the $10,000 cap on the total refund, is stifling the growth of the industry, allowing further market domination by imported beers.

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