Dr Pam Swepson Writer and Researcher.
In a shocking attack on freedom of the press, on 5th April, staff in Minister Mark Furner’s office demanded a journalist take down a true, hard-hitting story about Biosecurity Queensland’s Fire Ant Fiasco. Minister Furner is the Queensland Minister for Agriculture responsible for the National Fire Ant Eradication Program. In November 2018, Min...Read More
Biosecurity Queensland has removed its long-time Operations Manager and recently appointed General Manager in a vain attempt to save the sinking ship which is the new $411.4m Ten Year Fire Ant Eradication Program 2017-27. And they should not be the last. In 2018-19 Biosecurity blew its $38m budget in seven months on • High turn-over of conta...Read More
In the first year of Biosecurity Queensland’s new $411.4m Ten-Year Fire Ant Eradication Program, (on top of the $400m 2002-2017 program), fire ants breached Biosecurity Queensland’s operations seven more times: into Bridgeman Downs in Brisbane’s north, into the Beaudesert area south-west of Brisbane, into the Lowood area north-west of Brisban...Read More