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Government Stubbornness Compromising Biosecurity

13 Nov 2015

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Primary Industries spokesperson

Biosecurity Tasmania plays a vital role in protecting Tasmania's agribusinesses and must be funded appropriately.

The government had fair warning that underfunding and understaffing Biosecurity Tas would not be accepted by the overworked staff for much longer.

Our biosecurity is being compromised by the government's stubbornness and that's putting all of our primary industries at risk.

The government received over half a billion dollars in GST windfall. They've got the money, and our biosecurity is priceless.

Providing additional casual summer workers will go no way to replacing the 15% staffing cuts. The government needs to step up, and they need to do it now.