Senate inquiry 2015

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Photo: MomentsForZen | Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The Australian Senate established an inquiry to look at how prepared we are to prevent the entry and establishment of invasive species likely to harm Australia’s natural environment.

This inquiry was long overdue – the Australian environment suffers a terrible burden of weeds, pests and diseases that have caused extinctions and massive declines in species diversity.

And despite our historical failures in stopping harmful species such as the cane toad, fox and hundreds of bushland weeds new deadly species like myrtle rust, tramp ants, exotic bees, a pigeon virus and Mexican feathergrass keep turning up.

At least 36 species that have the potential to harm our natural environment have been detected since 2000 and are now established in the wild because of failures in biosecurity.

The Senate inquiry on environmental biosecurity has concluded. Over 90 submissions were lodged, including our own detailed 170-page submission, and hearings have been held in Perth, Canberra, Hobart and Sydney. The committee presented its final report to the Senate on 13 May 2015.

project-senate-submissionOur submission to the inquiry

Our submission makes recommendations to strengthen environmental biosecurity to prevent the flow of new invasive species into Australia.


project-biosecurity-failuresBiosecurity failures in Australia

We’ve drawn up 12 case studies clearly showing that Australia’s biosecurity system is poorly prepared for new environmental invaders.


project-ehaEnvironment Health Australia

Our proposal for a national body dedicated to environmental biosecurity would foster collaboration in tackling some of Australia ’s most pressing and challenging environmental threats.

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