Julie Newman is the National Spokesperson for the Network of Concerned Farmers. A farmer based lobby group that has been campaigning for a strict liability regime to ensure the patent owner, not either the GM or non-GM farmer, is liable for any economic loss caused by GM contamination. Not only has Julie been involved in a 10,000ha conventional farm in WA, but she has experience as a commercial seed cleaner and commercial crop sprayer. Julie has held agripolitical positions as Vice President of WA Farmers Grains Council and Grains Council of Australia, and was an active participant in the GMO Industry Reference Group, a WA parliamentary advisory committee chaired by Ag Minister Kim Chance set up under legislation with a specific mandate to identify key issues regarding the commercial release of GM canola. Since 2002, Julie has travelled nationally and internationally to represent non-GM farmers.