Dr Pam Swepson Writer and Researcher.
Biosecurity Queensland has continually watered down its treatment regime: from twelve rounds of bait over three years, to just six rounds over two years, with no evidence that regime works. And they can’t even deliver on that. Under-treating fire ants does not kill them. It gives them the chance to spread. Between 2001-2016, the fire ant inf...Read More
The National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program is an utter failure. It has cost $500m so far. The infestation is more than twelve times what it was when fire ants were first detected in south-east Queensland in 2001. Biosecurity Queensland has dumped the costs and responsibilities for finding fire ants, killing fire ants and containing ...Read More
As Chair of the Fire Ant Program Scientific Advisory Panel in 2001, Dr Wylie knows that local and USA expert said the fire ant infestation in south-east Queensland was too entrenched to eradicate and said an aggressive containment and suppression program was the best and cheapest option. Dr Wylie knows that then Minister for Primary Industries, ...Read More