The Invasive Species Council recently put the Victorian government’s risk prevention and risk creator pays policies to the test and found them to be rather meaningless.
The Invasive Species Council has long argued for the need for a permitted list approach for plants. Here botanist Bob Parsons explains how the current regulatory system favours the spread of the invasive cushion plants.
The Senate is looking at how to better protect Australia from new invasive species. Use this guide to join our calls for stronger biosecurity to protect our precious natural environmental from yet more invasive species. Late submissions due 22 August.
Gardening Australia wasn’t so bloomin’ marvellous recently when it promoted a serious environmental weed to suburban gardeners.
Decisions on imports are likely to be biased by trade considerations while they are made by the head of the agricultural department.
Our new threatened species commissioner, Gregory Andrews, has already put a foot in the right direction by announcing that tackling feral cats will be high on his agenda.
After the 2013 federal election it seemed like Australia’s national biosecurity bill would disappear into a deep, dark hole never to see the light of day again.
Back on the speaking circuit more than a decade after he wrote Feral Future Tim Low is noticing that audience responses to his new book, Where Song Began, are very different.
The Action Plan for Australian Mammals 2012 has revealed that feral cats, followed by inappropriate fire regimes and the red fox are the greatest threats to Australia’s threatened mammals.
The Australian Senate has set up an inquiry to look into how we can prevent the arrival into Australia of new invasive species impacting on the environment.
In a speech to Parliament, Labor’s Joel Fitzgibbon referred favourably to a presentation by Invasive Species Council CEO, Andrew Cox. He also suggested that there should be a federal Minister for Biosecurity.
Australia’s quarantine system is failing to keep out very damaging environmental invaders and our federal parliament should be seeking to determine why that is.
In August 2013 we released results of our national survey of organisations tackling invasive species. More analysis has revealed some startling results.
In June 2014 a resident of Sunbury in Victoria found an Asian black-spined toad sitting in their dog’s waterbowl. If biosecurity staff find more toads of the same species Victoria could have a major catastrophe on its hands.
The federal Budget 2014-15 delivers nothing of much note for environmental biosecurity, although more than $3 million over four years has been allocated for a review of marine pests.