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Planned move would gut Pesticides Agency of organisational knowledge

With nearly three-quarters of scientists at the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) saying they are not willing to move from Canberra to Barnaby Joyce’s electorate of New England, the Greens have called on the government to ditch the plan.

“The Agriculture Minister’s proposal has been a prime example of a failure of consultation with staff, stakeholders and the community in general,” said the Australian Greens Agriculture spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

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What has Deputy PM got to hide on pesticides agency move?

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has refused a Senate request to make public the cost-benefit analysis for moving the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to his own electorate of New England.

“Mr Joyce wants to uproot the lives of nearly 200 staff and their families without proving it is worth the expense,” said the Greens agriculture spokesperson Senator Janet Rice, who moved the motion for the order of production of documents in the Senate.

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People’s wellbeing must be put before internal political squabbles

Janet Rice 10 Oct 2016

On World Mental Health Day, the Greens have urged the Turnbull government to consider the potential harm of a marriage equality plebiscite.

“World Mental Health Day is an opportunity time to foster good mental health, not put it at risk,” said the Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

“The Prime Minister must recognise that government policy must not be detrimental to people's mental wellbeing, starting with his party’s proposed plebiscite.

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Government should take advice from actual Solicitor-General on plebiscite

Janet Rice 7 Oct 2016

Revelations that the Attorney-General rejected advice from the Solicitor-General on a marriage equality plebiscite should end any speculation about the possibility of the taxpayer-fund opinion poll, say the Greens.

“If a plebiscite looked unlikely before this, it should now be dead in the water,” said the Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

“This abuse of process is the peak of partisanship.

“The Attorney-General can’t just go to a Howard-era solicitor-general when he needs advice to fit the government’s world view.

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Labor must rule out a plebiscite once and for all

Janet Rice 23 Sep 2016

The Greens have called on Labor to immediately and completely rule out supporting a harmful and divisive equal marriage plebiscite.

“Time and time again, we’ve heard Labor MPs declare their opposition to a plebiscite on marriage equality ,” said the Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

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