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Greens back recommendations on grass-fed cattle levies

Australian Greens Senators Rachel Siewert and Pete Whish-Wilson have supported the Senate Inquiry report into Industry structures and systems governing levies on grass-fed cattle, and tabled some additional comments to the Committee to address issues that will have long term bearings on the industry.

"The Greens understand the importance of supporting farmers and graziers to ensure that their industries and communities remain viable in the years ahead," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson said today.

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Greens to deliver millions for rural mental health care

The Australian Greens' plan to  invest more than half a billion dollars in mental health services across rural and regional Australia will save lives and build stronger communities, say Senators Penny Wright and Peter Whish-Wilson.

Launching the party's rural mental health policy in Launceston today, Australian Greens' mental health spokesperson Senator Wright said the policy was based on recommendations sought directly from rural communities.

"Years of under-investment in rural mental health continues to cost lives all across country Australia," Senator Wright said.

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Food Plan Needs to Tackle Supermarket Domination

The government's National Food Plan needs to fix the supermarket duopoly and its impacts on food producers and consumers if it's to have any credibility, the Australian Greens said today.

"For too long governments have failed to stand up to the two big supermarkets, and our farmers and other food producers have suffered as a result," Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

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Growth Strategies for Tasmanian Wine Industry Must be Based on Commercial Realities


The Australian Greens have welcomed the Tasmanian government’s recognition of the wine industry’s significance to the Tasmanian economy, but cautioned against commercially unsustainable growth strategies.

Senator, and wine maker, Peter Whish-Wilson stated Tasmanian wine producers were doing a good job putting their heart and soul into promoting Tasmania, and should be supported.

 "I am glad the hard work, commitment and contribution of this industry is finally being rewarded.”

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Greens Concerned Around Lack of Progress on Hemp for Food Approval Process


The Australian Greens have followed with interest during Senate Estimates the effort to progress federal approval for the use of hemp for food. They have now raised concerns that this approval process has effectively stagnated since 2002.

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson stated it was highly frustrating that the approvals process was taking so long, especially since there was considerable interest from Tasmanian primary producers.

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