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Fallow Deer Goal Must Be Eradication

Any move by Minister Barnett to commercialise the use of deer meat must have eradication of feral deer from the landscape as its goal.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Jun 2020

Leatherwood Forests Must be Protected

Last summer’s bushfires burned large tracts of native forest, including the leatherwood trees so critical to the honey industry.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Sep 2019

Barnett's Weasel Words on SDN1 Deregulation

Today’s announcement that the moratorium on Genetically Modified Organisms would be extended by 10 years is welcome news.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Aug 2019

Huge Questions Hang Over VDL Animal Welfare

When twenty senior farm managers put their serious concerns about animal welfare in writing, government must pay attention.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Jun 2019

Estimates Reply - Minister Barnett

All those issues have been put to the side in the corrupted processes surrounding the approval of the Adani mine and it is technically set to go ahead.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Jun 2019

Meat Processing

Far too often we become captive to a major corporation or a major industry at the expense of local producers and local supply chains.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Nov 2018

Courtney Reveals Extended Licences to Hunt Wombats

Minister Courtney has revealed the Liberals’ plans to extend licences to shoot native wildlife, including wombats suffering from sarcoptic mange.  

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Aug 2018

Liberals Not to Be Trusted on Biosecurity

The Liberals’ biosecurity policy announcement today is a terrible joke made at the expense of Tasmania's farmers and growers.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  1 Feb 2018

Foreign Ownership and Influence

Almost 25% of our state’s agricultural land is under a level of foreign ownership, and foreign donors are making large donations to the Liberals.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  30 Jan 2018

More Funds Needed for DPIPWE, Not Relocation of Jobs

The Liberals’ plan to move DPIPWE staff from Hobart to the North and North West is hollow political pork-barreling.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  29 Jan 2018

Liberals Fail to Deliver Promised Biosecurity Legislation

Minister Rockliff today confirmed Biosecurity legislation would not be tabled in this term of government.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  29 Nov 2017

On-Island Shellfish Testing Welcome

The industry will be greatly relieved the government listened to their calls for on-island shellfish testing facilities.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  3 May 2017

Tasmanians Still at Risk of Prosecution on Medicinal Cannabis

The Greens welcome the Federal Health Minister's medicinal cannabis announcement today.  This policy change is a step in the right direction.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  22 Feb 2017

State Liberals Must Fight for Rural Alive and Well Funding

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  20 Feb 2017

Liberals' Medicinal Cannabis Mess

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  24 Jan 2017

Duplicitous Liberals Wave Off Super Trawler

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  23 Nov 2016

Medicinal Cannabis

Over the past two years, the Premier and Police minister have made a number of statements seeking to reassure Tasmanians who rely on medicinal cannabis.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Oct 2016

Protection Needed for Medicinal Cannabis Users

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  12 Oct 2016

Rockliff Says He Will Lobby Federal Counterparts on Backpacker Tax

The backpacker tax policy, and the uncertainty around it, is having a profound effect on an already strained sector.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  22 Sep 2016

State Liberals Powerless on Backpacker Tax

The Primary Industries Minister's comments about intervention on the poorly handled backpacker tax highlights the powerless position this government is in.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  22 Sep 2016

Congratulations Elgaar Farm, Back to Business

Tasmania’s only current organic working dairy, Elgaar Farm, has recently been given the green light to begin production again.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Sep 2016

Liberals Should Emulate Poppy Industry for Medical Cannabis

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  13 Sep 2016

On-Island Shellfish Testing Needed

Since 2012, the State's shellfish industries have been plagued with paralytic shellfish toxin, resulting in 50 Tasmanian farms being closed this year.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  5 Sep 2016

Liberals Failing to Aid Dairy Farmers in Transition to Organic

The Minister for Primary Industries must take immediate steps to assist dairy farmers to succeed in very dire economic times.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Aug 2016

State Budget: Address in Reply

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 2016

Security Needed For Dairy Farmers

Shifting consumer demands and the continued global milk glut are continuing to seriously affect dairy farmers in Tasmania.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  29 Jun 2016

Liberals Stalling Process to Legalise Low-THC Hemp as Food

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 Jun 2016

Greens Alternative Budget 2016: Innovation and Sustainable Agriculture a Must for the New Economy

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016

State Budget 2016: No Money for Niche Producers in Primary Industries

The last survey of rural confidence found that Tasmanian farmers are feeling flat about the year ahead.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 2016

Transition to Organic Could be the Answer to Dairy Crisis

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 May 2016

Boots for Change Supports Local Farming Families

Throughout the month of April 2016 roughly 50 farmers’ markets around the Country participated in the ‘Boots for Change’ program;

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 May 2016

Liberals Show No Concern for Environment on Fish Farm Expansion

This summer saw a marine heatwave that ran for more than 140 days with temperatures 4.5 degrees warmer than average.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 May 2016

Abalone Industry in Rough Waters

Tasmanian abalone divers are becoming increasingly alarmed about growing evidence in an industry at risk of collapse.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 May 2016

Old Parties Deny Tasmanians Opportunity for Best Practice Water Management

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  27 Apr 2016

Inquiry Would Help Fix Water Problems

After our long, dry summer it's clear that water management in Tasmania needs addressing, and it needs addressing now.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  24 Apr 2016

Change of Heart on Medicinal Cannabis Welcome

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Apr 2016

Hodgman Should Follow Andrews on Medicinal Cannabis Now

The Victorian government have shown us what true leadership looks like when it comes to medicinal cannabis.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  13 Apr 2016

RIRDC Rural Women's Awards 2016

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Apr 2016

Ideology Put Before People on Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp as Food

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Apr 2016

Greens Table Bill to Ban Battery Hens

The Greens tabled a bill to ban battery hen farming in Tasmania in Parliament today. Our Bill reflects community expectations of modern farming practices.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  7 Apr 2016

Elgaar Farm Let Down by Minister Rockliff

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Apr 2016

Animal Welfare Disregarded in New Free-Range Egg Regulations

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 Apr 2016

Egg Labelling Only a Win for Industry

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  5 Apr 2016

State of the State Address in Reply

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Mar 2016

POMS Outbreak Needs Research and Climate Change Mitigation Strategy

That this House notes Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome, the devastating virus affecting Tasmania’s oyster industry.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Mar 2016

Federal Medical Cannabis Bill Very Welcome

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  10 Feb 2016

Stock Feed Another Biosecurity Mess

The extra pressure put on the agency as higher than normal volumes of stock feed are imported into the state, again highlights this concern.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  18 Jan 2016

Drought Relief Welcome, Longer Term Planning Needed

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Jan 2016

Greens Welcome Medical Cannabis MoU

The Greens welcome the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Tasmanian and New South Wales governments. It's about time.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  10 Dec 2015

Dogs Not Enough to Fix Biosecurity

Biosecurity funding is still a big problem for Tasmania. This won't be solved simply by adding extra detector dogs.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  1 Dec 2015

Ecosystems and Primary Producers Left High and Dry

In Parliament today, the Minister for Primary Industries confirmed he has no plan to manage our delicate river ecosystems during our state's dry times ahead.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  17 Nov 2015

Government Stubbornness Compromising Biosecurity

Biosecurity Tasmania plays a vital role in protecting Tasmania's agribusinesses and must be funded appropriately.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  13 Nov 2015

Water Fears for Little Forester River

There is growing community concern that the Little Forester River near Bridport is being drained by individual farmers.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  9 Nov 2015

Hemp Bill Welcome

The Greens were pleased to support legislation tabled by the government to authorise and regulate an industrial hemp industry in Tasmania.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  24 Sep 2015

Biosecurity Cuts Would Put Tasmania at Risk

Minister Rockliff has ignored the very real biosecurity threats to Tasmania from imports and tourist arrivals by only commenting on major produce exporters.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  11 Sep 2015

Departments Struggling Under Liberal Regime

Biosecurity Tasmania are another victim of the Hodgman regime slash and burn policy directed at the State’s public sector.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  20 Jul 2015

White Paper Welcome but Not Enough for Tassie

The White Paper released yesterday by the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture is a welcome for Tasmania on the surface.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  5 Jul 2015

Pesticides in Waterways

Recent testing results which reveal the presence of at least 13 toxic pesticides in Tasmanian rivers.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  14 Nov 2014