Regional Development Policy
The Australian Greens have backed calls by Australia’s largest cattle company for the Gillard government to provide transport infrastructure to support a proposed new Darwin abattoir, saying it will create new jobs, relieve animal cruelty and help end live exports (“Cattle boss angry over abattoir cold shoulder”, Australian 03/04/2012 p 6).
The Australian Greens today called on Minister for Agriculture Joe Ludwig to trigger an overdue review into the poultry ‘Code of Practice’ with a view to phasing out cruel battery cages for hens. Animals Australia today launched a series of radio ads to make battery cages history (“Campaign to ban eggs from battery farms”, Sydney Morning Herald today, page 6 today http://tiny.cc/a6b4bw).
Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson David Shoebridge is challenging The NSW Police Minister to an open public debate on his proposal to have a national police DNA profile taken of all newborn babies.
"The Minister has said he wants a debate on these Big Brother laws. Well, let's get started," Mr Shoebridge said.