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Archive for April, 2012

Monsanto Fire Sale on GM Roundup Ready canola seed

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Farmers and shoppers reject Monsanto’s herbicide tolerant genetically manipulated (GM) canola so emphatically that the company now gives away GM canola seed in a desperate bid for farmers to grow it. In NSW the company promises to limit direct farmer losses to only $10/tonne and in WA it offers a one for three freebie to sweeten its deal.

“Global crop seed and agrichemical giant Monsanto is scrambling to find a market for its genetically manipulated (GM) seed that few will grow and no-one wants to eat,” says Gene Ethics Director, Bob Phelps.

“Farmers know the economics of GM canola do not add up. Many who tried out the GM crop in previous years have decided to grow other more profitable and productive varieties instead. (more…)

Yet more tax freebies for O’Farrell’s club mates

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

The O’Farrell government’s continued generosity to the pubs and clubs lobby is causing untold damage to communities across the state, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

Dr Kaye said: “A recent Monash University study revealed that the charitable contributions made by clubs are ‘’minuscule'’ compared to their massive profits from gaming machines. The O’Farrell government’s response is to offer further pokies tax concessions to clubs and pubs and extend existing ‘hardship’ schemes.

“Many businesses are struggling to survive after the extreme weather events of the past year.

“However directing the government’s flood relief to pubs and clubs via poker machine tax breaks will only inflict more harm on communities affected by gambling addiction. (more…)

Too soon to abandon vigilance on Burma

Monday, April 16th, 2012

The Australian Government will undermine the democracy movement in Burma by encouraging bilateral trade too soon, the Greens warned today.

Greens spokesperson on Burma Senator Scott Ludlam said today’s announcement that the Government is “normalising trade” with Burma is dangerously premature.

“Foreign Minister Bob Carr announced today that the number of Burmese individuals subject to travel bans has been cut from 392 to 130 and trade with Burma would be normalised. Those bans can be restored if reforms do not continue in Burma, but normalised trade links are far more difficult to reverse if the junta refuses to loosen its grip on power. Relaxing sanctions while the military continues to control Burma could sign a death warrant for the democracy movement.

“The recent by-elections saw Aun San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy win 43 of a possible 45 seats. There are 664 seats in Burma’s bicameral parliament and 25 per cent of them are guaranteed to the military. The rest were filled mostly by pro-junta candidates in the rigged general election carried out according to a corrupt constitution. There is still a long way to go before Canberra should be rewarding the military junta with normalised trade ties. If it proves that the by-elections and prisoner releases are a short-term stunt, normalised trade will weaken the position of democracy activists while helping the junta get rich. (more…)

NSW coal and gas exploration audit results a farce

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Greens MP and NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham has labelled the long awaited O’Farrell Government’s coal and gas exploration licence audit a ‘farce’, noting that it failed to even identify major environmental issues that have been publically reported.

The Audit Template asks the auditor to:  “Select 3 sites of current operation and advise if there is any activity likely to aggravate air or water pollution, soil contamination or erosion (and to) provide documentary evidence and photos”.

Mr Buckingham said, “Well it is clear that the auditors failed to select sites that they already knew had problems. If already acknowledged incidents are not identified in an audit, what faith can the community have of the Government’s integrity in regulating this industry? (more…)

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