The Prime Minister must immediately intervene in the spat between his ministers and rule out any transfer of biosecurity out of the Department of Agriculture.
Biosecurity goes to the heart of both our own food security and our export future.
Our safe, clean, green food image is what provides us with our export competitiveness.
Australian agriculture has a wonderful opportunity to capitalise on growing food demand in Asia but success will only come if the integrity of our biosecurity remains intact.
Labor won’t sit back and allow biosecurity to become a third order issue behind border control and terrorism in another portfolio.
Biosecurity is an area which requires a high level of specific expertise in both compliance and the science of pests and diseases, and has different requirements to customs.
The Prime Minister must act and act quickly.