Legislation to phase out live sheep exports passes through Parliament

The Australian Senate has today passed legislation enshrining the phase-out of live sheep exports into law This is how it went down for up to an estimated 3,000 farm and associated industry people who will have their livelihoods reduced or even eradicated by this legislation. The Export Control Amendment (Ending Live Sheep Exports by Sea) […]

Farmers walk out on Agriculture Minister’s Federal budget breakfast speech that angered NFF and other farm industry representatives

The most invisible Federal agricultural minister to date, Murray Watt, has a spotlight firmly on his future intentions following a post-budget breakfast that hosted the National Farmers’ Federation and other industry representatives to grind down what was in store for agriculture. But when Federal Agriculture Minister Murray Watt got to the part about banning live […]

Animal disease detective training package will help prevent spread of infectious disease

The University of Sydney-led Asia Pacific Consortium of Veterinary Epidemiology (APCOVE) launched its world-class field training package on the sidelines of the World Health Summit in Berlin today. The package is designed to help veterinary practitioners and animal handlers detect and prevent infectious diseases in the field before they emerge as pandemics. The launch took place during the Global […]

Rabies is under the spotlight and submissions being sought for draft risk review

A draft report into a policy review of the rabies virus risk in imported cats and dogs has today been released for stakeholder comment. Deputy Secretary of Biosecurity and Compliance, Dr Chris Locke said Australia was free from the rabies virus and to protect this status the draft policy review proposes some changes to existing […]

The Nationals call on Labor Government to explain their refusal of live sheep export advice

Following advice contrary to what the Independent Regulator has recommended has fired up The Nationals who are now calling on the Labor Government to explain why it’s refusing recommendations on live sheep exports. The Nationals leader David Littleproud said the Department of Agriculture’s Review as the Independent Regulator of live sheep exports by sea during […]

Stronger biosecurity powers at international airports as the Commonwealth Government establishes Biosecurity Response Zones

The Commonwealth Government has taken further measuresat international airports, in response to the Indonesian outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD). The Director of Biosecurity, and Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Andrew Metcalfe AO made the determination to establish the zones this afternoon, the first time this has been done under […]