Three years have been lost in the fight against the Yellow Crazy Ant due to Abbott/Turnbull Government inaction.
In Queenslands north the problem is growing, posing serious risks to human health, the environment, World Heritage Areas and agriculture productivity.
When in government Labor provided $2 million to begin the important work of control and eradication but the Turnbull Government terminated the program.
Barnaby Joyce is missing in action on this important farm issue.
When two dogs were allegedly smuggled into the country Joyce rushed to grab maximum political opportunity. His silence on the Yellow Crazy Ant is deafening.
The Wet Tropics Management Authority has a plan to eradicate the pest but needs money to continue the program and needs it now.
The Government must show leadership and act and it must act quickly.
TUESDAY, 22 MARCH 2016
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
JOEL FITZGIBBON MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FORESTRY
SHADOW MINISTER FOR RURAL AFFAIRS
SPOKESPERSON FOR COUNTRY CAUCUS
MEMBER FOR HUNTER
SENATOR JAN MCLUCAS
SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR LEICHHARDT