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PM telling drought-stricken farmers to adapt to climate change while failing to tackle carbon pollution, say Greens

The Prime Minister touring drought-stricken NSW and QLD telling farmers they have to be resilient and adapt to climate change is a slap in the face when his Government is failing to take any real action in the face of climate catastrophe, say the Greens.

“Rapidly reducing carbon pollution is the best thing the Turnbull government can do to help our farmers. That means ending the system of rigged politics that favours Mr Turnbull’s fossil fuel industry mates at the expense of our farmers and environment,” says Greens agriculture spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

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Roll Out the Barrel - Joyce’s Meddling Puts Australian Agriculture at Risk

The Australian Greens have today labelled Barnaby Joyce’s ill-advised move of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to his home electorate as pork-barrelling and are calling for the relocation to be immediately scrapped.

 

In the last 24 hours alone the move has prompted the resignation of the agency’s highly respected CEO as well as a Productivity Commission report slamming the proposal as costly and ineffective.

 

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Further to go to make sure our food is labelled clearly and efficiently

I rise today to speak on the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Country of Origin) Bill 2016. The Greens have been leading the way on country-of-origin labelling law for years. We want to see labelling laws that work for Australians—that work for Australian farmers, manufacturers and consumers. Since 1998 we have been working with the industry to develop our proposal to make country-of-origin labelling mandatory for all packaged and unpackaged food sold in Australia.

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