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Estimates: Community Affairs Legislation Committee: Health Portfolio: Department of Health

Monday 29 May

CHAIR: Before I move to Senator Leyonhjelm, Senator Rhiannon wanted some clarification around exactly where some questions related to—

Senator RHIANNON: Yes, to do with the testing of cosmetics on animals and the announcement that was in the budget.

Mr Bowles: That is NICNAS the chemicals regulator. I do not think they are even down to appear so we can take anything on notice, if you would like.

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Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee: Agriculture and Water Resources Portfolio: Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Wednesday 24 May

Senator RHIANNON: Dr Clegg, I want to clarify some of the points that you were just discussing with Senator Hinch. I am trying to understand where it is at with regard to the formulation of regulations. Is there a draft equine amendment order that is being inserted into the current regulations that cover these matters?

Dr Clegg : No. The first step for us is to have agreement that this is a policy proposal worth pursuing. Then, if it is agreed, we would put forward draft regulations to the minister.

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Big win for animals - cruelty free cosmetics bill starts journey into law

The introduction into the federal parliament of legislation that takes the first step towards ending the testing of cosmetics on animals is a great credit to the nationwide community and Greens campaign, Senator Lee Rhiannon the Greens animal welfare spokesperson said. 

“It is significant that the federal government is now backing a bill that will bring Australia closer to the European Union’s ban on cosmetic animal testing and the Greens End Cruel Cosmetics Bill,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Estimates: Environment and Communications Legislation Committee: Environment and Energy Portfolio: Climate Change

Monday 22 May

Senator RHIANNON: I understand that recommendations from the Australian National Audit Office when they undertook the audit into the management and compliance arrangements of the Department of the Environment and Energy for governing the wildlife trade have all been adopted. I wanted to ask some questions about that.

Mr Knudson: Unfortunately, that section of the department is 1.4.

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Motion: Food Labelling

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (17:34): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) recognises that:

(i) many Australian consumers deliberately choose free range labelled eggs to avoid the horrific cruelty of factory-farmed eggs,

(ii) the Model Code of Practice for Domestic Poultry reflects consumers' expectations that eggs labelled as free range are laid by chickens kept at a maximum density of 1500 chickens per hectare,

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Cruel cosmetics will not end under Turnbull election stunt

The Turnbull government budget announcement on cruel cosmetics is a deceptive ploy designed to win votes at the next election, Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

“The federal government’s cosmetic testing budget allocation is a publicity stunt that won’t end cosmetics tested on animals being sold in Australia,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Senate rejects Greens move to review deceptive free range egg standards

The Liberal, National and Labor parties have voted against a Greens motion calling on the Australian Government to review the Free Range Egg Labelling Information Standard to accurately reflect the density standard of egg-laying chickens, and to ensure that consumers have correct information about stocking densities.
Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “The Turnbull Government has set a free range egg standard that dupes Australian consumers into thinking that intensive farmed eggs are ‘free range’. 
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