July 18, 2012
The Gillard Government yesterday released the Green Paper for their National Food Plan. Federal Member for Murray, Dr Sharman Stone says while the document says many of the right things, when placed against what they are actually doing, it doesn’t stack up.
“They point out that by 2050, world food demand is expected to rise by 77% in monetary terms, with much of this growth happen... Click here for full story
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July 17, 2012
The Victorian Government’s Goulburn-Murray Water (G-MW)- Northern Victorian Irrigation Renewal Project (NVIRP) Foodbowl Modernisation Project, plans to shut down or privatise half of the existing infrastructure in the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District. This move could put the region’s future economic viability in jeopardy.
It will impact not only farms, but the towns that depen... Click here for full story
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June 29, 2012
Federal Member for Murray, Dr Sharman Stone says “it is hard not to be cynical about why the Gillard Government put the Independent Rob Oakeshott’s motion about people smuggling into parliament this week.”
“This motion proposed among other things to continue Labor’s Malaysia people swap deal. This involves Australia sending 800 asylum seekers to Malaysia where the people are detai... Click here for full story
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June 20, 2012
(Murray) (16:07): The Monash University's Centre of Policy Studies has just released a report that I have found so extraordinary that I have to make reference to it. The study claims that it is in fact a waste of money to invest in infrastructure upgrades which set about to save irrigation water, which can then be supplied to, for example, the environment to improve sustainability,... Click here for full story
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February 14, 2012
Senate Estimates questioning on Monday revealed the shamefaced confession that Labor is going to phase out the Principal Plant Scientist position from Biosecurity Australia.
Good science and surveillance are the only things we have standing between us and an invasion of the new plant and animal diseases.
Unfortunately Labor has slashed inspection rates of containers and other imports as it runs ... Click here for full story
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November 30, 2010
The only truly rural electorate to change hands from Labor to Liberal in Victoria on Saturday and with a massive swing too was Seymour. This swing was a resounding NO vote for the North-South Pipeline, that ultimate Bracks/Brumby folly which pilfered water from food producers and family farms, pushing it up and over the Great Dividing Range to a capital city that did not care to recycle or harvest... Click here for full story
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June 23, 2010
At a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra the Prime Minister was asked a very serious question by a journalist. Latika Bourke, from Radio 2UE, asked Mr Rudd why his leadership was “in crisis”. Mr Rudd did not answer the question but commented instead on what Ms Bourke was wearing.
What she was wearing is beside the point. The fact that Mr Rudd thought it appropriate, even humo... Click here for full story
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June 4, 2010
On Monday in Federal Parliament members were asked to stand up and acknowledge the government’s achievements in improving the economic position of women.
The statistics, the commentary in the community and the despair and worry of women today reflects the fact that women’s economic position under this Labor Government is deteriorating.
Let’s begin with the gender pay gap, the difference ... Click here for full story
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June 4, 2010
A joint media release from Damian Hale, ALP member for Solomon in the Northern Territory, and Warren Snowdon, Minister for Indigenous Services, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery, was issued on 3 June 2010.
The release was meant to inform people of the transfer of 570 child care centres across Australia from ABC Learning to the not-for-profit company Good Start.
As is the p... Click here for full story
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April 14, 2010
The restriction of full-strength takeaway alcohol sales may not work in every town but it worked for the families of Fitzroy Crossing where a generation of Indigenous people was being wiped out by alcohol.
They had endured 50 funerals in a year, tied to alcohol through disease, violence or accidents. Many of the Indigenous women and children knew nothing other than the fear of beatings fr... Click here for full story
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