The Australian Greens today released a letter sent to Minister Ludwig detailing our strong concerns about the backwardness of the Government's biosecurity bill.
"Biosecurity is a key concern for Australian farmers and environmentalists" said leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Christine Milne.
"In 2008 when the Government accepted the Beale biosecurity report and again in the 2010 election campaign, they promised to implement the full Beale recommendations. This bill shows that they have completely walked away from this commitment."
"We need to protect Australian farmers from pests and diseases which have the potential to wipe millions of dollars from agriculture and our environment from devastation from diseases like myrtle rust" Greens agriculture spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert said.
"Over the last 12 months my office has been approached again and again by primary industry and environment groups with strong concerns about the consultation process and the draft bill -the legislation the Government has introduced shows that none of their concerns have been listened to."
"We need an expert, independent, transparent organisation to look at the latest science and advice without pressure from trade imperatives" Senator Christine Milne said.
"The Greens will not support such an ineffective bill and so we will introduce a bill to implement the key Beale review recommendations, which is an independent statutory authority to provide essential scientific and other expertise, with proper risk assessment and evidence based decisions regarding threats to the Australian agricultural environment.
"The New South Wales farmers, Growcom, AUSVEG, the Invasive Species Council and others have such strong concerns that they have formed an alliance, I congratulate their strong stance on this issue, and I stand by them in raising these concerns."