Contrast the government’s response to white spot in Logan River prawns to the indifference from authorities when a new environmental invader arrives.
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 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.
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.
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.
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The Australian Government must stem the rising tide of environmental pests by creating a national body tasked with harnessing the energy and brainpower of community
How can Australia stem the rising tide of environmental pests? By harnessing the energy and commitment of volunteers around the country under a new national organisation, Environment Health Australia.