State governments have told the Senate inquiry into environmental biosecurity that the system is failing.
More than 5.7 million bats have died in North America since 2006 from white nose syndrome (WNS), a disease caused by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans.
Five years worth of efforts in improving NSW invasive species laws came excruciatingly close to reality. In the end the Bill failed to pass Parliament.
A new global survey shows that new pasture plants such as grasses present a substantial weed risk yet these plants are still widely developed and sold in Australia with little regulation from government.
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.
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.
The Invasive Species Council recently tested how easy it is to buy prohibited weeds online, and found quarantine seriously wanting.
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.
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.
Technology giant Hewlett-Packard has made an embarrassing gaff in its latest Australian marketing campaign by encouraging people to help a young boy find his pet iguana, Ralph.
The high rate of new environmental incursions detected since 2000 suggests Australia has not yet learnt from the past. The Invasive Species Council’s submission highlights the lessons that should be learned.
Solving the problem of feral cats in the Australian environment will require long-term, well-resourced steps. But with the right will, it can be done.
These extracts from some of the 83 submissions to the Senate inquiry reveal systemic failure in our environmental biosecurity systems and support for many of the issues raised by the Invasive Species Council.
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.
As feral horse numbers grow in the Australian Alps in the absence of an effective control program, so too is concern about the escalating damage.