Year: 2012

Submission to draft NSW Biosecurity Strategy – Dec 2012

In general the government is commended for the development of the biosecurity strategy and the goal of bringing greater attention to environmental biosecurity. The strategy could be improved by adopting clear targets, adopting key recommendations in Stopping NSW’s Creeping Peril, allocating new resources, better utilising the community, advancing a proposal

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A New Bird Disease to Watch

An often fatal viral disease detected in domestic pigeons in Australia last year  is here to stay and no one can tell what its impacts will be. Pigeon paramyxovirus has infected several species worldwide, and not just pigeons.  Raptors, pheasants, swans, cockatoos and budgerigars have been among the infected (the

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Queensland will regret walking away from ant eradication

The Invasive Species Council deplores the Queensland Government’s decision to abandon the state’s eradication program for yellow crazy ants, one of the world’s worst invasive species. “This is incredibly short-sighted budget cutting,” the council’s president Andrew Cox said today. “For the sake of a million or so dollars, the Queensland

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Crazy decision to walk from crazy ant eradication in Queensland

We tend to excuse the long-past decisions that left us with nightmare invaders like rabbits, foxes, lantana and cane toads – people didn’t know any better or other values dominated those times. How will future generations judge the recent decision of the Queensland Government to leave them the burden of

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Engaging the community sector on environmental biosecurity

Engaging the community sector on environmental biosecurity – Nov 2012

A paper prepared for the Biosecurity Advisory Council (reports to the federal minister for agriculture). This paper outlines the benefits and costs of community engagement in decision-making and policy-setting in environmental biosecurity, assesses the current state of engagement at the national level and makes recommendations for improvement.

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dingo Jim Woulfe

Dingo: great hunter, great conservation hope?

In one of the great ecological ironies, the loss of predators can disadvantage their prey species. Top predators are ecosystem shapers, exerting control over smaller predators and large herbivores.  Eliminate the top of the food chain and predators lower down may flourish to the greater detriment of prey species. This

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A verdict on Australia’s new biosecurity laws

The Australian Government intends to introduce new biosecurity laws to Parliament next month. Last week, the Invasive Species Council made a submission, endorsed by 18 other environment groups, on the draft laws. Here is a summary of our verdict on the draft Biosecurity Bill 2012. Reform is essential As replacement

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Submission to exposure draft of the Biosecurity Bill – Oct 2012

As a replacement for the century-old Quarantine Act 1908, the Biosecurity Bill 2012 represents a rare opportunity to bolster Australia’s capacity to protect the environment from invasive species, a major cause of extinctions, declines and degradation. Download using the link below the 65-page submission prepared with 18 other environment groups, or download

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Weeds for aid – Australian wattles embroiled in dangerous overseas aid

Aid and development agencies are courting disaster in Africa by promoting Australian wattles, warns Invasive Species Council biologist Tim Low, whose paper reviewing the problem was published this week in Biological Invasions. “Aid agencies face pressure to provide quick solutions to long-term problems, so they recommend plants that thrive on

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A foul tale of marine invasions

After vociferous community protest, the Federal Government recently banned the 142 metre Abel Tasman ‘supertrawler’ from fishing in Australian waters while it investigates the environmental impacts of taking 18,000 tonnes of small fish from waters around southern Australia. But there is potentially a much greater risk that hasn’t received any

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Flinders Ranges, Bounceback program

When hunting works for feral animal control

While the NSW Game Council markets a phony version of feral animal control by claiming that every rabbit, fox or pig killed by a hunter is a conservation win, some shooters are genuine ‘voluntary conservation hunters’. The Invasive Species Council opposes the recent move by the NSW Government to allow

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