Hon Judi Moylan

Moylan concerned that apples could be imported from NZ

Member for Pearce Judi Moylan MP is concerned about the latest plan by New Zealand to export apples to Australia. “With some of the strictest quarantine laws in the world Australia has maintained its clean, green image and we should make sure it stays that way,” Ms Moylan said. “Our first responsibility remains to ensure the Australian growers’ livelihood is not put at risk. “Fireblight has devastated New Zealand orchards and the disease can never be completely eradicated. “I have expressed my concerns to the Minister’s office and it is now up to the industry to make its view known.” Biosecurity Australia has released its draft Import Risk Analysis Report, which assesses any hazards involved in the possible importation of apples from New Zealand. “The draft report proposes that the importation of New Zealand apples could be permitted if a list of stringent risk management conditions are adhered too,” she said. The report was issued on 1 December, 2005 with the intention for comment. Stakeholders will be given 120 days, till 30 March 2006, to submit comments on the draft. Member for Pearce Judi Moylan encourages people to have their say. “Australia has some of the strictest quarantine laws in the world. This report will look at various pests and diseases including Fireblight, European canker and apple leaf curling midge,” Ms Moylan said. Ms Moylan has been supporting primary producers in their fight against foreign pests and diseases for several years. She has worked alongside pork producers, apple and pear growers, salmon farmers and others to ensure the threats are negligible. To have your say on the draft Import Risk Analysis report you can write directly to Biosecurity Australia or for further information or a copy of the report visit www.BiosecurityAustralia.gov.au

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