Writings

13 Jun 2018

Biosecurity Queensland tags a dozen HUGE fire ant nests in Browns Plains

Biosecurity Queensland tags a dozen HUGE fire ant nests in Browns Plains, evidence they have been there a long time, undetected and untreated: near a popular sporting facility but with no signage to warn the public, putting the public at risk: a colossal failure by Biosecurity Queensland. 13th June 2018

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12 Jun 2018

Biosecurity Queensland's Fire Ant Program asks stakeholders for advice. Will they listen this time?

In May 2018, Biosecurity Queensland invited industry and community stakeholders from south-east Queensland to tell them how to better manage the fire ant program and better engage with stakeholders. They said the same thing reviewers have said over the years: that Biosecurity Queensland is too slow to respond to new detections, is not controlli...

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06 Jun 2018

New Fire Ant Program Steering Committee is 100% responsible for spending $411.4m of public money, but Biosecurity Queensland is making 100% of program decisions.

A new Steering Committee is 100% responsible for how Biosecurity Queensland spends another $411.4m of public money on the Fire Ant Program over the next ten years. But already it has approved Biosecurity Queensland’s Ten-Year Eradication Plan that has never been independently validated, performance-data-free progress reports and a top-heavy w...

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27 May 2018

Newly detected fire ant nests are the constantly advancing front of the invasion: not 'outliers', says Biosecurity Queensland's own research.

Biosecurity Queensland commissioned Monash University researchers to evaluate the eradication program. In 2013, they reported the southern and western boundaries of the (fire ant) invasion advanced at a steady rate, advancing towards the Gold Coast, Scenic Rim and Lockyer Valley, and there has always been an infested area outside Biosecurity Queens...

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26 May 2018

Fire ants found at a sporting facility in Brisbane's south-west. Biosecurity Queensland failing to protect the public and dumping the problem onto the public.

In April 2018, fire ants were found, again, at a sporting facility in Oxley, a suburb 10km south-west of Brisbane’s CBD – threatening the safety of the public. Biosecurity Queensland dumped the problem onto the facility to manage. Biosecurity did not put up any signage to warn the public, was slow to respond, forcing facility management to ...

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18 Apr 2018

Biosecurity Queensland not controlling the movement of fire ant carriers out of 27 newly infested suburbs

Biosecurity Queensland has NO restrictions on the movement of fire ant carriers like soil and mulch out of twenty-seven newly infested suburbs. Human assisted movement (people accidentally or carelessly moving fire ants in loads of soil or mulch or potted plants) is the main cause of the persistent spread of fire ants in south-east Queensland. ...

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19 Mar 2018

Why is Biosecurity Queensland’s new ten-year fire ant program plan a secret?

Biosecurity Queensland has been given another $411m of public money to mount a new National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program for another ten years; on condition the program is more transparent and publicly accountable. But all the public gets is a three page summary of the ten year plan that got it the money. Why? Because the plan has ...

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07 Mar 2018

Secrets and lies. Time to open up Biosecurity Queensland's fire ant program to public scrutiny

Biosecurity Queensland is not telling the public the truth about the National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program. It says it is eradicating fire ants when the truth is, fire ants are virtually out-of-control. The infestation in south-east Queensland is now ten times worse than when they were first discovered in 2001. The truth is, numerous ...

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16 Feb 2018

Will a new national fire ant oversight committee stop Biosecurity Queensland wasting another $400m of public money?

For sixteen years, the national committee overseeing the National Fire Ant Eradication Program, utterly failed to ensure that Biosecurity Queensland used $400m of public money to the greatest effect against this terrible pest. Instead, it simply allowed the Queensland government, who puts in only 10% of the money to make 100% of the program’...

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22 Jan 2018

Does Biosecurity Queensland’s practice of injecting insecticide into fire ant nests really kill them, or is this labour-intensive practice just another Queensland jobs creation program?

Biosecurity Queensland introduced the practice of injecting insecticide into all newly detected fire ant nests; almost from the beginning and against scientific advice. The fire ant infestation is now ten times worse than it was at the beginning as fire ants continue to spread and re-infest treated areas. Therefore, I commissioned an independent l...

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