Julie Newman

Julie NewmanJulie 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.

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  • Steve Marsh genetically modified canola court case transcripts to be made available online | Science on the Land February 20, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    […] something more readable, here’s a daily blog about the case. That blogger is Julie Newman at the Safe Food […]

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  • Sharon Genovese February 25, 2014 at 11:45 am

    We can sit on next Thursday at the courts. Does it start at 10.30am? When will they give a judgement?
    Thanks for your work. I appreciate your blog and am going to read the case transcripts.
    Best wishes
    Sharon

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    • SFF February 25, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      Yes, you can sit in court. It is at the supreme court 14th floor courtroom 14.1. A map is on the same website address as the transcripts. It starts at 10.30am but it is likely that there will be far more people than seats as it is the closing argument. Would suggest you get there at least half an hour before. If you get there late, you can enter the courtroom but bow at the judge before entering and just move quietly to the left. No talking, eating or drinking and please turn your phone off before you enter. Although you can wear what you feel comfortable in, it is best to wear formal attire or you will feel a little out of place.
      The closing arguments are on Thursday (Baxter) and Friday (Marsh) and the judge is likely to take 2-3 months to make a judgement.
      Regards, Julie

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