Australia’s Quarantine System Needs Overhaul

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Australia’s Quarantine System Needs Overhaul

As per a latest report being released by the Senate rural affairs committee, it has been revealed that the Australia's quarantine system is having a lot many loopholes. The super flawed system is unable to detect as well as control the outbreak of plant disease.

South Australian independent senator Nick Xenophon was of the view that they can malign the image of the country, which is known as a clean and disease free country. Therefore, right time has come when a novel system should be introduced to save the country’s reputation.

The recently released report has suggested the government to take some actions, so that the level of quarantine and biosecurity arrangements of the country gets improved. Some of the recommendations being suggested in the report are the risk assessment process for imports, and role of scientists to suggest the federal agriculture department about the potential biosecurity risks.

The report is based on the investigation reports, which is of the view that the prevailing quarantine arrangements are not up to the mark and are unable to tackle some of the highly contagious pests like the Asian citrus psyllid. The pest has already destroyed the crops in Brazil and in America.

"I am sure they do lots of good work out there but in terms of this critical key investigation there are many questions that need to be answered about the way Fair Work Australia has handled it”, said Independent Senator Nick Xenophon.

In addition, there are some politicians, who think that report is nothing but a revenge of report authors. Labour ministers are of the view the report does not hold any fact and is based on the discussions with rural industries.


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