Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce was only one of a very impressive list of winners recognised for making a major contribution to protecting Australia from dangerous new invasive species.
A submission by the Invasive Species Council to the Senate inquiry into the Biosecurity Bill 2014 and endorsed by 27 other environmental groups.
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.
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.
A submission consisting of 15 case studies that form an attachment to the primary submission to the Senate inquiry into preventing new invasive species.
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.