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A Media Release from ‘Friends of Biosecurity Tasmania’ raises a series of questions about a Review into Biosecurity Tasmania. These are serious questions ... which demand answers. Will they be forthcoming? Will this review be released? Read the questions in the MR HERE

*Lindsay Tuffin has been a journo since 1969, mainly in Tassie ...

• David Obendorf in Comments: Biosecurity Tasmania should be a “core business” asset and a flagship responsibility of the mega-Agency we know as DPIPWE. It has a history and a legacy that are inter-twined. The fore-runners to BT were Quarantine Tasmania and the DPIPWE portfolio Division of Market Access & Product Integrity. I have long argued that the unique advantages of the island of Tasmania require ‘public good’ investment in the biological and climatic advantages of this State. The advantages of cool temperate climates, good soils and rainfall to grow food, fibre and fish.
There are several areas within DPIPWE that, in my opinion, are outdated and redundant in the 21st Century. Biosecurity Tasmaniais not one of them. Finding a way to finance and promote the public good and the private/commercial benefit of safeguarding Tasmania’s unique market advantages in disease, pest and weed freedom is the chalice that was placed in Minister Jeremy Rockliff’s hands in March 2014. Will Minister Rockliff find the sustaining elixir to place into this precious vessel or will biosecurity become the “poison chalice” that it became for a succession of Labor Ministers from 1998 to 2014? The clock is ticking ... ...