The Tasmanian Premier’s fruit fly emergency has deepened with the discovery by the Department of Primary Industries Parks Water and Environment of two additional male fruit fly within the Spreyton Control Zone.
Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay said “The discovery of more fruit fly comes at the same time new Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has hung the Tasmanian Premier out to dry during question time in federal parliament.
“Minister Littleproud failed to give the Premier any support for his $1m cut to Tasmania’s biosecurity budget nor did rebut the fact, the Premier is responsible for the biosecurity emergency that is threatening the future of Tasmania’s relative pest and disease free status. “Minister Littleproud also failed to defend, in the middle of a biosecurity emergency, people are still arriving in Tasmania by sea and air without any biosecurity checks.
“Clearly he could not defend the indefensible and the Premier needs to explain why this is still happening in in the midst of a biosecurity emergency.
“The Premier has an appalling record when it comes to Tasmania’s biosecurity.
“He has cut biosecurity funding and failed to fulfil a promise to the Tasmanian community over two years ago that sniffer dog checks would be made for every flight at Hobart and Launceston airports.
“Under his watch we have seen unacceptable biosecurity breaches, including Norwegian salmon on supermarket shelves, blueberry rust, pacific oyster mortality syndrome and now a fruit fly emergency.
“The discovery of more adult fruit fly on the Tasmanian mainland compounds a critical situation.
“Our hard working local farmers are now paying the price for the Premiers incompetence.”
8 FEBRUARY 2018
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