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Barnett’s biosecurity blunder puts Tasmania at risk

  • Minister Barnett reveals detection dogs rarely used
  • Tasmania must be protected from dangerous pests, diseases and weeds

Shadow Minister for Primary Industries Shane Broad said Guy Barnett’s embarrassing admission today in Budget Estimates that detection dogs are rarely used at TT-Line in Devonport potentially compromises Tasmania’s biosecurity.

Dr Broad said “TT-Line’s Devonport terminal is the last chance to detect dangerous pests, diseases and weeds before people enter Tasmania, yet the dogs are rarely used at the port.

“With around 450,000 people using the Spirits each year, it is incumbent on the Government to protect Tasmanian businesses, our crops and our native environment.

“There are 12 detector dog teams available, so for the Government to admit today that detection dogs are used rarely at the port will be a serious concern to many.

“The Minister’s approach to biosecurity leaves us at risk of further outbreaks of fruit fly or blueberry rust.

“While many are still dealing with the impacts of the last fruit fly outbreak, Tasmanians deserve to know there’s a rigorous system in place to protect their business and their environment.”

Shane Broad MP
Shadow Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Water