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Speech: Pastoral Land Management and Conservation

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS: I rise today to speak briefly in support of the Pastoral Land Management and Conservation (Use of Pastoral Land) Amendment Bill. Organic, biodynamic and regenerative agriculture can improve farming land's health and resilience against extreme weather events, while keeping farms economically viable and environmentally sustainable.

'Carbon farming' refers to managing land or agriculture to maximise the amount of carbon stored and/or to minimise greenhouse gases emitted, mainly carbon dioxide and methane. For landholders, carbon farming can deliver benefits such as improved soil health and water quality, less erosion, better water infiltration, boosted on-farm biodiversity and greater resilience to drought. Carbon farming creates healthier land, which means more resilient, productive land as well. Landholders who practice carbon farming are delivering benefits to Australia by helping tackle the cumulative pressures of climate change, land degradation and food insecurity.

To streamline processes, reflecting the ongoing work of existing pastoral leases and the contributions of pastoral lessees to sustainable land management in South Australia, is a change we are happy to get behind. I commend the bill.

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Speech: Parliamentary Committees Bill

April 12, 2024

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS: I rise to speak to the Parliamentary Committees Bill 2024, a bill that provides for the establishment of various parliamentary committees, defines the powers and duties of those committees, makes related amendments to various acts and repeals the Parliamentary Committees...

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