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Biosecurity Cuts Would Put Tasmania at Risk

11 Sep 2015

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Primary Industries spokesperson

Threats to Biosecurity Tasmania's budget are a real concern for our economy and clean, green brand.

Minister Rockliff has casually ignored the very real biosecurity threats to Tasmania from imports and tourist arrivals by only commenting on major produce exporters.

Paying overtime to maintain basic services is expensive and clunky. While overtime is a workplace right, it's no fix for the underlying needs in Biosecurity Tasmania.

The Liberals have been talking up Biosecurity Tasmania since last year’s Budget - these are hollow words with the cuts and under-resourcing being considered.

Growing Tasmania's economy on the back of primary produce simply can't happen without confidence in biosecurity.

Tasmania's competitive advantage lies in our ability to control the disease risk to Tasmanian primary industries, as outlined by the TFGA.

Feral animals, plant diseases and a maintaining a healthy bee population are key objectives of Biosecurity Tasmania which can't occur without proper workforce.