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A Different World - Speech to the National Press Club

Thank you for your warm welcome. I begin by acknowledging the Ngunnawal people, the traditional owners of the land.

Gandhi once said, "The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems."

We have reached a point in human history where 'what we do' on this planet imperils our survival. Now is the moment to re-imagine and reconsider 'what we are capable of doing'.

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Senate Committee wants to hear from Tasmania's farmers


The Australian Greens are encouraging Tasmania's food producers to contribute to a Senate Inquiry into Australia's food production that will soon visit Tasmania.

The Senate Select Committee on Agriculture and Related Issues is seeking submissions into its inquiry into food production in Australia. The Committee will visit Tasmania for public hearings in Launceston on April 2.

"I strongly urge Tasmanian food growers to take up this opportunity to express their ideas and concerns to the Senate," said Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne.

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Lifeline opens in Hobart for some, but not all, cancer patients

Tasmania's first PET scanner, a vital diagnostic tool that can dramatically improve treatment for cancer patients, begins operation today, but still only some cancer patients will be able to access it.

Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, has been fighting for this critical medical service for Tasmania since taking her Senate seat. She will continue to fight for all cancer sufferers to be able to access PET scans in Hobart.

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Christine Milne's speech to the Sydney Institute - the Greens, balance of power and climate politics

This is a speech I delivered to the Sydney Institute last night. You can also listen to it here or download a pdf here.

Sydney Institute, October 27th 2008.

Green Politics, the Balance of Power and the Green New Deal.

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Estimates hearings: emissions from meat and livestock

STANDING COMMITTEE ON RURAL AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORTMeat and Livestock Australia Discussion Senator MILNE—I would like to ask how much embedded carbon there is in a leg of lamb landed into Brussels and how much embedded carbon there is in a kilogram steak landed into Tokyo. Mr Palmer—I, for one, cannot give you the answer, but I would be more than happy to take it on board. Seriously, we actually take this— Senator MILNE—I am very serious about this. Mr Palmer—We additionally take this very seriously.

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Biosecurity Estimates: pesticides in strawberries

STANDING COMMITTEE ON RURAL AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORTBiosecurity Australia Discussion Senator MILNE—I would like to come back to the questions in relation to strawberries. You will recall that at the last estimates I asked some questions about the Choice review of strawberries showing that there were chemical residues in some of the strawberry samples and so on. The department provided some answers. I was a bit concerned to see that one of those reviews has taken six years and nothing was going on.

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Quarantine Service Estimates hearings: wheat rust, chocolate, fruit flies and more

STANDING COMMITTEE ON RURAL AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORTAustralian Quarantine Inspection Service Discussion Senator MILNE—I have a few questions. The first one relates to pandemic influenza preparedness. I notice in the budget statements that you say that funding for these measures will be met from within the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s existing resources. Can you explain to me what kind of in-house support this program will get and what will it mean in terms of a relative cut from previously?

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Matters of Public Importance - PET scanners and Pulp Mill

Senator MILNE (Tasmania) (1.06 pm)-I rise today essentially to speak about Gunns, but since Senator Humphries has just been referring to the PET inquiry I just wish to reiterate that what we found as a committee was that the report was changed. It was changed from saying that the technology was ‘clinically effective' to ‘potentially clinically effective', and the impact of that for cancer patients was felt not only in Australia but also in New Zealand and Canada, because New Zealand and Canada were waiting on the outcome of that assessment to determine what to do in those countries.

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