The biggest biosecurity breach in decades just grew worse with the Queensland Government confirming the White Spot Virus has been detected in Moreton Bay.
When Barnaby Joyce’s department told him about Johnny Depp’s dogs – a matter officials had under control – Joyce ran to the cameras. On White Spot, he is nowhere to be seen.
The Australian Prawn Farming Association has accused the Federal Department of Agriculture of "dropping the ball", following revelations that high numbers of diseased prawns are entering and being sold in Australia.
Recent Senate Estimates hearings revealed significant failings in our biosecurity system on Barnaby Joyce’s watch. Departmental officials admitted that as far back as 2015 non-compliance by importers allowed White Spot infected prawns to be sold in retail outlets throughout Australia. This inaction has possibly contributed to the outbreak of White Spot in the Logan River and now in Moreton Bay.
Minister Joyce must stop hiding behind his junior Assistant Minister, explain the biosecurity failings at our borders and declare what action he is taking to protect Australia’s prawn industry.