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Greens announce end to backpacker tax deadlock and $100mil for Landcare

Senator Di Natale, Australian Greens Leader said today, “This is a victory for farmers who have been watching their fruit wither and die on the vine. Farmers have already lost tens of thousands of dollars waiting for politicians in Canberra to agree on an outcome. With this agreement, they will wait no longer.

“Rural communities have been desperate for someone to clean up this mess with a sensible solution and the Greens have heard them.”

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No new Landcare grants a blow for Tasmanian community groups

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson has expressed his disappointment and concern that no new Landcare grants will be available for community groups over the next four years. Last night in Senate Estimates under questioning from Greens spokesperson for Agriculture Senator Rachel Siewert, Department of Agriculture officials confirmed that there is no money for new Landcare grants between now and 2018.

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