Something fishy about our government
THIS WEEK’S expose by an ABC Journalist that Coles supermarkets were stocking an imported, uncooked fish product, which contravenes Tasmania’s strict quarantine laws, yet again highlights that Biosecurity Tasmania need more staff to protect our unique export industry.
A representative of Tasmania’s aquaculture industry said she was ‘horrified but not surprised by this discovery’. She indicated that ‘it could be catastrophic for farmed and native fish if a pathogen from uncooked fish entered waterways’.
CPSU General Secretary Tom Lynch said “the fact that this product made it to the shelves indicates the lack of staff is impacting on our state’s ability to be clean and disease free”.
The Hodgman government, under the oversight of Primary Industry Minister Jeremy Rockliff has systematically run down Tasmania’s biosecurity service.
The government’s recent decision to employ casual staff with no formal qualifications necessary for the role will not protect the rigor of our biosecurity in our state.
Biosecurity Organiser Nick Duncombe said “Members are upset they don’t have time to do their jobs and they’re frustrated to see the service they provide to Tasmanians suffer”. “They are ready to take action because Minister Rockliff’s department is not listening to its concerns.”