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Federal intervention after biosecurity failures

  • Growing list of biosecurity failures under Tasmanian Liberals
  • Labor had been calling for action since before the election
  • Acknowledgment that Liberals cut too far in biosecurity

Labor welcomes federal intervention to tackle the growing list of biosecurity failures under the Tasmanian Liberal Government.

Shadow Minister for Primary Industries Shane Broad said the $20 million announcement was welcomed to tackle growing and unacceptable biosecurity breaches that had developed under the Liberals, including:

  • Norwegian salmon on supermarket shelves
  • Blueberry rust
  • Myrtle rust
  • Pacific oyster mortality syndrome
  • Fruit fly emergency
  • Pilchard orthomyxo virus impacting salmon farming

“Labor welcomes this federal intervention – we have been calling for much of what is included since before the election,” Dr Broad said.

“It’s an acknowledgement that the Liberals cut too far and took their eye off the ball when it comes to biosecurity.

“No matter how the Liberals dress it up, today’s announcement is federal intervention into Tasmania’s underfunded and underresourced biosecurity.

“With a growing list of biosecurity failures under Jeremy Rockliff and Sarah Courtney as ministers, it has taken the Federal Government to step in.”