A submission to the review of the import risk analysis process by the Department of Agriculture conducted between July and September 2014. The submission argues that a systematic risk-based approach be used to determine priorities for future import risk analyses and that the process could be improved through greater independence, better use of environmental expertise and the precautionary principle and an extended appeals process.
This submission to the Senate inquiry into the arrival and establishment of new invasive species impacting on the Australian environment shows that Australia has suffered major losses due to invasive species. It provides data and case studies that indicate ongoing, serious, and systemic flaws in environmental biosecurity and makes recommendations to strengthen environmental biosecurity to prevent the flow of new invasive species that have deadly consequences for the Australian environment.
Submission to proposed framework for a NSW Biosecurity Act prepared in Jun 2104 by the Invasive Species Council, the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators, the National Parks Association of NSW and the Nature Conservation Council of NSW. The submission seeks legal guarantees to promote prevention, better safeguard the public interest, avoid conflicts of interest and ensure accountability.
The strategy is an important initiative that fills a significant gap for research on invasive species impacting on the environment and the community in Australia. Changes are suggested to clarify a prevention focus, to specify roles to implement the strategy and to support establishment of a national coordination committee to oversee the strategy’s implementation.