Submission to draft Tasmanian Biosecurity Bill

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The Invasive Species Council and Tasmanian Conservation Trust provided a joint submission to the Tasmanian Biosecurity Legislation Review of the draft Biosecurity Bill.

In this submission we have provided 25 recommendations that range from suggestions that in environmental biosecurity matters the Environment Minister be consulted  through to ensuring the state’s legal responsibility to a general biosecurity duty.

Periodic review of the legislation and provision of an expert environmental biosecurity sub-committee to the Biosecurity Advisory Committee are also key recommendations.

While the bill is proceeding in the right direction, there is concern that there is too much latitude for ministerial discretion.

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