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Wine industry under Senate microscope

Opportunities offered by new trade agreements and more favourable exchange rates will go begging if the Australian wine industry doesn’t address some key issues.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said that with wine grape growers receiving prices barely covering their costs of production this year, the industry needed to re-focus on exports.

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Legislated buyback cap to drive innovation in water efficiency

Setting a 1500 GL/year buyback cap in legislation will provide much needed certainty to river communities and irrigation industries while driving greater innovation in achieving water efficiencies.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston today welcomed the Government’s announcement that it would legislate a cap on buybacks.

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Go teal to support ovarian cancer research

Australians are being urged to help raise awareness about ovarian cancer this month and wear a teal ribbon to express their support on 25 February.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said more than 1300 Australian women were diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year.

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Adelaide artists get a start on their art

Four Adelaide art graduates have been successful in applying for career development funding from the Australian Government to help kick-start their careers.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston today congratulated the graduates and noted the diversity of their chosen disciplines.

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Familiar face appointed to MDBA chair

South Australian stakeholders will welcome the appointment of former Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon Neil Andrew AO, as the new chair of the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA).

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said she was delighted with the appointment of a Riverlander to the position.

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$31.5 million to further improve on-farm irrigation efficiency

The Australian Government has renewed its commitment to the Murray-Darling Basin in South Australia by funding a further 122 projects to modernise on-farm irrigation infrastructure and return water to the environment.

The investment of $31.5 million will be delivered through a partnership with the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management (SAMDB NRM) Board as part of Round Four of the Government’s On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program.

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South Australian agribusinesses urged to apply to industry skills fund

South Australian agribusinesses will be among those eligible to apply to a new Australian Government fund aimed at boosting skills in their workforce.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston urged local agribusinesses to apply to the $476 million Industry Skills Fund.

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South Australian primary producers to reap JAEPA benefits from today

South Australian primary producers are poised to reap substantial benefits from the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA), which entered into force today.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said the State’s primary industries were well-placed to take advantage of opportunities offered by the free trade agreement (FTA).

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Ruston calls for elimination of testing cosmetics on animals

A motion moved in Parliament today by Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston urges the Australian Government to investigate measures to eliminate testing of cosmetic products on animals in Australia.

“I think it’s time we acknowledged that most Australians consider testing cosmetic products or their ingredients on animals is unnecessary and – in many cases – cruel,” Senator Ruston said.

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China FTA opens huge opportunities for SA farmers

South Australian agriculture and food industries are poised to reap huge benefits from the historic free trade agreement (FTA) finalised between Australia and China this week.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said key primary industries in the State such as beef, sheep meat, dairy, horticulture, wine, barley and seafood would benefit from the elimination of Chinese tariffs.

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