Archive | 2014

Top six on the Richter scale

A ‘top six on the richter scale’ list of high priority threats to the environment provided to the Senate biosecurity inquiry begs many more questions than it answers.

Senate hearings cover broad ground

The evidence provided to the Senate inquiry has demonstrated that Australia’s biosecurity system is failing in multiple ways to prevent the arrival of harmful new invaders. Here we summarise the highlights of the public hearings.

No excuses left to ignore environmental biosecurity

The Senate inquiry on environmental biosecurity has been useful for revealing gaping holes in Australia’s preparation for new invasive species and flushed out the views of government about our proposal for a dedicated body to prepare for invasive species.

Biosecurity good for pigs, farmers and activists

The NSW primary industries minister threatened to use biosecurity laws to prosecute animal activists. Animal activists just as much as farmers and other members of the community need to use good biosecurity practices.

Environment Health Australia: an essential reform

With a continued high rate of new invasive species arriving and establishing in Australia, it is clear we need a more concerted focus on environmental biosecurity priorities. That is why we have proposed to the Senate inquiry the establishment of a new national body.