Moylan helps put a stop to importation of New Zealand apples
Posted on Tuesday, 5 October 2004
Fresh New Zealand apples will not be imported into Australia after Biosecurity Australia’s draft Import Risk Analysis was rejected recently.
Ms Moylan has been among Liberal Members and Senators, community groups and Apple and Pear industry groups and representatives heavily lobbying in Canberra against the proposed importation change.
Ms Moylan said this was tremendous news.
“This is the outcome I have been working towards with the apple and pear industry for some time,” she said.
“I have been working very closely with Rob McFerran and the WA Fruitgrowers Association to prevent a lift on the 80-year ban on the importation of fresh apples from New Zealand into Australia,” she said.
“This will help Australia protect its disease-free status and reduce the threat of devastating diseases such as Fire Blight into our country.
“This news will alleviate the concerns of fruitgrowers across Western Australia.”
Ms Moylan said this announcement was accompanied by the Prime Minister’s plan to create a new $6 million Centre of Excellence for Risk Analysis.
“This new centre will utilise world-class scientific research and will help Australia remain at the forefront of disease and pest prevention and management.”
The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, The Hon Warren Truss, also recently announced extra measures to ensure the protection of Australia’s livestock and horticulture industries.
The quarantine measures include –
• A $26 million program to ensure our capacity to deal with (the unlikely event of) imported animal disease;
• a $6 million Australian Animal Welfare Strategy;
• a $20 million assistance program for livestock industries introducing National Livestock Identification Systems; and
• the continuation of the heightened level of quarantine inspection at our borders, which now covers 100 per cent of all freight and mail and 90 per cent of all passenger baggage.