The 170-page submission by the Invasive Species Council to the Senate inquiry shows that Australia has suffered major losses due to invasive species. It provides data and case studies showing systemic flaws in environmental biosecurity and makes recommendations to strengthen environmental biosecurity to prevent the flow of new invasive species into Australia.
Australia is much better prepared to protect our agricultural industries from new pests and diseases than we are to protect the natural environment with two government-industry bodies working to keep crop and livestock industries safe from new invasive species. There is no equivalent body focused on preparing for new environmental invaders.
That’s why in our submission to the federal Senate inquiry we have argued for the creation of a new national body, Environment Health Australia.
Resources to help you learn more about the Senate inquiry looking at how to prevent new invasive species. Includes submissions, inquiry terms of reference and other background information.