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On-Island Shellfish Testing Welcome

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Primary Industries spokesperson 

The Greens welcome the government’s investment in on-island shellfish testing.  We raised our serious concerns about this industry, and potential public health, issue late last year.

Interstate testing delays meant shellfish were being shipped and served before health notifications were received.  Some growers said their oysters were already on plates before they even knew there's a problem.

Tasmanians Still at Risk of Prosecution on Medicinal Cannabis

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Primary Industries spokesperson

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

Unfortunately for many patients needing treatment, there's still a limited supply of products. Many users of medicinal cannabis are still being forced to break the law to treat chronic conditions or terminal illnesses.

State Liberals Must Fight for Rural Alive and Well Funding

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Primary Industries spokesperson

The funding insecurity around Rural Alive and Well is deeply concerning.  Many rural Tasmanians have survived depression and suicide thanks to the committed staff and volunteers at RAW.  

The service RAW offer to farmers and rural Tasmanians is immeasurable.  The State Liberals must do everything within their power to make sure their funding is continued.  

Protection Needed for Medicinal Cannabis Users

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Primary Industries spokesperson

While the Hodgman Government has committed to implementing a controlled access scheme for medical cannabis that begins in 2017, many Tasmanian patients currently accessing cannabis for medical needs are unprotected by the law.

There are currently patients who face charges and convictions over their medical cannabis possession and use in lieu of the government controlled access scheme.

State Liberals Powerless on Backpacker Tax

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Primary Industries spokesperson

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

It's clear the State Liberals are still being punished by their Federal colleagues for the poor federal election result.

Time is running out for growers. This season's produce is being planted or already budding with no certainty that the 10,000 pickers who'll be needed this Summer and Autumn.

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