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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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New dairy inquiry must deliver

The Australian Greens today welcomed the referral of the current milk discounting controversy to the Senate Economics Committee, following a motion by Senators Xenophon, Colbeck and Milne, but warned that this inquiry must deliver for dairy farmers or risk undermining confidence in the parliament.

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Milking our dairy farmers dry

A short sighted price war, or purposeful manipulation the dairy industry? You decide, but one thing for sure is that regardless of Coles and Woolworths' assurances of absorbing the costs of slashed- price milk, the farmers will eventually suffer.
Dairy farmers are right to be sceptical about a promise from the duopoly. For example, more than a year has passed since both Coles and Woolworths promised they would end restrictive covenants aimed at preventing competitors opening stores close to their own, yet in 2011 many of the covenants remain.

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Denticare: Good Clinical and Financial Sense

Basic dental care for all Australians is critical to health and wellbeing and is core to the Greens health policy, Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne said today.

"It seems that the Greens are the only ones who think that teeth are a part of the body and should be covered by a Medicare type scheme. No doubt Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott can afford to have their teeth looked after but what about the thousands who cannot?

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Government GP super clinics must bulk bill

The government should explain why their $5 million GP Super Clinic in Devonport fails to offer bulk billing services to the region's most vulnerable residents, says Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne.

Senator Milne heard this morning that elderly patients are choosing to use local hospitals because they cannot afford treatment in the new super clinic.

"A hospice worker and carer for two elderly patients contacted my office this morning to inform me of the bitter disappointment felt among the Devonport community.

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North and North West Tasmania crying out for mental and dental funding

Christine Milne 26 Jul 2010

Prime Minister Gillard should use her visit to Tasmania today to commit to increasing funding for mental and dental care as well as emergency care, the Australian Greens said today.

"So many Tasmanians, particularly in the North and North West, desperately need dental and mental health care, but the Gillard government is leaving these people behind," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Greens secure jobs for North East

North East Tasmania will get a jobs boost and an injection of $769,000 as a result of the Greens and the Federal government working together to deliver for the community, says Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne.

"Greens in balance of power deliver outcomes for communities and especially those communities hit the hardest by unemployment."

The project is part of a $17.5 million package bringing 587 jobs, 304 work experience positions and 150 traineeships and apprenticeships jobs to most Australian states, including Tasmania.

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