Writings

18 Sep 2020

Biosecurity Queensland under-treats fire ants in Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim in SEQ. Under-spends every year. Dumping the costs and risks of treating fire ants onto the public. Time for a Royal Commission.

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03 Sep 2020

Dr Craik, Chair Biosecurity Qld's $411m Ten Year Fire Ant Eradication Plan (2017-27) responsible for Lockyer Valley being under-treated, the program running one year late, a budget blow-out of $36m, the infestation 21% worse and no evidence fire ants have been eradicated. Time for a Royal Commission.

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19 Jul 2020

Biosecurity Queensland under-treats fire ants in Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley and Ipswich, in SEQ. No post treatment surveillance. Says fire ants 'all but eradicated.' Dumps surveillance onto landowners. More lies to cover-up the incompetence. Time for a Royal Commission.

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06 Jul 2020

Fire ants infest new school in Ripley, between Brisbane and Ipswich in SEQ. Huge urban development, huge infestation. Review say Biosecurity Qld fails to control the movement of fire ant carriers. Time for a Royal Commission.

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02 Jul 2020

Peak Crossing, on the edge of Biosecurity Qld's Fire Ant Program operations since 2001, a high risk area since 2012, still heavily infested. A $500m, 19 yr failure. Time for a Royal Commission.

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25 Jun 2020

A scathing assessment of the Steering Committee of the National Fire Ant Eradication Program to ensure the best use of public money and an effective program: 2019 Effectiveness Review. Time for a Royal Commission.

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07 Jun 2020

Fire ant program GM says 15x bigger infestation a 'small spread' as fire ants move into Witheren at the back of the Gold Coast. Time for a Royal Commission.

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19 May 2020

Fire ants spreading like wildfire because Biosecurity Queensland has never stopped them. Told to in 2001. Never did. Time for a Royal Commission.

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08 May 2020

Failed! Biosecurity Queensland's $411.4m 10 Year Fire Ant Eradication Plan (2017-27) says Lockyer Valley to be fire ant free in 2025, but ants keep spreading. Time for a Royal Commission.

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21 Apr 2020

2016 Magee review said eradicating fire ants from SEQ feasible with new helicopter surveillance. There is no heli-surveillance. Magee got plumb job. Qld public got more fire ants. Time for a Royal Commission.

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07 Apr 2020

Dr Craik, Chair Fire Ant Program Steering Committee, responsible for $42m annual budget, tells the public to treat nests at own expense. Who is she working for? The Qld public or the Qld government?

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17 Mar 2020

425 fire ant nests infest new housing estate in Park Ridge, Logan because of Biosecurity Queensland's incompetence. Time for a Royal Commission.

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16 Mar 2020

300 fire ant nests threaten the safety of students at the Yarrabilba State College because Biosecurity Queensland does not control the movement of fire ant carriers like soil and mulch. Time for a Royal Commission.

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16 Mar 2020

Fire ants infesting Ipswich Knights football fields in Bundamba. The new normal, thanks to Biosecurity Queensland's incompetence. Time for a Royal Commission.

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02 Mar 2020

2015 review said Biosecurity Qld cannot meet current or future threats. Minister Furner blames funding uncertainty - review says poor mgt. Furner says pests been eradicated - review says no data. Furner says recommendations implemented - no evidence.

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01 Mar 2020

People stung by out-of-control fire ant infestations on Tamborine Mountain and Mount Nathan on the Gold Coast hinterland. Both inside Biosecurity Queensland's Fire Ant Program operational area. Time for a Royal Commission.

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17 Feb 2020

Are $multi-million properties in Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast infested with fire ants? Soil seen going to same areas staff are treating. Not on Biosecurity Qld's fire ant map. Is on Interstate Fire Ant Quarantine map. Time for a Royal Commission.

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09 Feb 2020

Biosecurity Queensland dumps the costs and risks of treating fire ant nests onto the public. Program scientist says don't treat now in wet weather as ants fly and float out of nests. Do they know what they're doing? Time for a Royal Commission.

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01 Feb 2020

Fresh fire ant nests found in Underwood Park, Logan, south-east Qld after $9m upgrade of sports and play grounds. Truck-loads of infested soil likely cause. Close to Biosecurity Qld Fire Ant Program HQ. No truck inspections. Time for a Royal Commission.

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24 Jan 2020

Fresh fire ant nests threaten Springwood communities between Brisbane and Gold Coast. Inside Biosecurity Queensland's operations since 2001. Close to program HQ. Infested for years. Treated for years. Time for a Royal Commission.

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13 Jan 2020

Fire ants out of control. Biosecurity Queensland dumps costs and responsibilities to find, kill and contain them onto the public, but keeps $42m annual budget. Time for a Royal Commission.

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06 Jan 2020

Biosecurity Queensland repeats same lies about the fire ant program. $411m 10 year plan a failure. Fire ants out of control. Time for a Royal Commission.

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16 Dec 2019

Biosecurity Queensland fails to stop fire ant infested hay moving hundreds of kilometres outside Fire Ant Biosecurity Zones. Time for a Royal Commission.

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09 Dec 2019

16 years too late Biosecurity Queensland is treating the fire ant infestation in south-east Queensland by helicopter. Farmers seeing fewer ants, but results likely to be temporary. Time for a Royal Commission.

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03 Dec 2019

Biosecurity Queensland denies public access to fire ant program meeting in Somerset region in SEQ as infestation spreads. Businesses only invited. Why?

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01 Nov 2019

With a backlog of thousands of untreated fire ant nests Biosecurity Queensland is throwing an expensive cocktail of chemicals at them: to improve the statistics rather than kill ants. Time for a Royal Commission.

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17 Oct 2019

Dr Wendy Craik, Chair of the National Fire Ant Program, told the 'Brisbane Times' the program had eradicated 5 incursions of fire ants, knowing the program has never collected reliable data to support any claims of success. Time for a Royal Commission.

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14 Oct 2019

Spikes in fire ant infestations in Logan city and the Scenic Rim because Biosecurity Queensland chronically under-treats them: even with $411m. Time for a Royal Commission.

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08 Oct 2019

Biosecurity Queensland dumps the costs of finding, killing and containing fire ants onto the public, but keep $42.5m annual national funding. Why? Time for a Royal Commission.

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15 Sep 2019

Biosecurity Qld Fire Ant Program Science Manager admits what he has known since 2001: not possible to eradicate fire ants from SEQ: a lot to answer for. Time for a Royal Commission.

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04 Sep 2019

Biosecurity Queensland's publicly funded fire ant program is training local pest controllers to treat fire ant nests at the public expense. Why does the program exist? Time for a Royal Commission.

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30 Aug 2019

Biosecurity Queensland's top heavy fire ant program management team has little, if anything, to show for 40% of the program's budget. Time for a Royal Commission.

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25 Aug 2019

Queensland Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Mark Furner, tells the public and the Parliament the Fire Ant Program is 'world class' but blocks public access to program reports. He knows the program is a disaster and must be held to account.

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19 Aug 2019

Risk committee says lack of data an EXTREME risk to Biosecurity Queensland's Fire Ant Program. Poor operations a HIGH risk. Time for a Royal Commission.

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27 Jul 2019

Biosecurity Queensland relies on the public to report fire ant nests. With a backlog of 13,000 reports Biosecurity Queensland is now blocking reports. Time for a Royal Commission.

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17 Jul 2019

Hundreds of fire ant nests infesting front yards in new housing estate in Ripley Valley. Another Biosecurity Queensland failure. Time for a Royal Commission.

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15 Jul 2019

Huge retail complex heavily infested with fire ants because of Biosecurity Queensland's token gesture treatments. Wastes public money. Puts public at risk. Time for a Royal Commission.

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07 Jul 2019

Biosecurity Queensland now asking the public to COLLECT potentially deadly fire ant samples. Unbelievably risky! Time for a Royal Commission.

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03 Jul 2019

Biosecurity Queensland's fire ant detection dogs don't find fire ants. Just expensive PR. Fire ants out of control, Biosecurity Queensland says, Look at the cute doggies! Time for a Royal Commission.

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02 Jul 2019

Large fire ant nests on Oxley Creek flood plains threaten a nature reserve and pony and golf club members. Been infested since 2001. Biosecurity Queensland fail. Time for a Royal Commission.

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29 Jun 2019

Biosecurity Queensland puts public safety at risk. No warning sign on large untreated fire ant nest on footpath in Oxley - the infestation's ground zero. Time for a Royal Commission.

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18 Jun 2019

A shopper was stung by fire ants in Bunning's car park on the weekend. Biosecurity Queensland puts public safety at risk. Time for a Royal Commission.

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13 Jun 2019

Biosecurity Queensland has a backlog of ~9000 untreated fire ant nests. Asks public to report. Takes months to respond. Fire ants out of control. Time for a Royal Commission.

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27 May 2019

More fake science from Biosecurity Qld's Fire Ant Program. Fire ants contained to 1/2m ha? No. Fire ants stopped from spreading 69m ha? No. Time for a Royal Commission

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13 May 2019

Biosecurity Qld's fire ant fiasco creates 300 jobs, chaotic management creates high turnover, gold mine for recruitment agencies, $80m wasted.

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25 Apr 2019

Minister Furner says more fire ants in Redlands because of new housing estates. Fact: Biosecurity Queensland does not control the movement of fire ant carriers. Time for a Royal Commission.

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23 Apr 2019

‘Ground zero’ of Biosecurity Queensland’s Fire Ant Fiasco still infested after 18 years, but $500m public money for Queensland: no incentive to eradicate. Time for a Royal Commission.

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08 Apr 2019

Minister demands take-down of true news story about Biosecurity Queensland’s Fire Ant Fiasco. Minister says program is ‘world class’: fake news. Time for a Royal Commission

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04 Apr 2019

Heads roll in Biosecurity Queensland's Fire Ant Fiasco: budget blow-out, chaotic management, fire ants out of control. Time for a Royal Commission.

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25 Mar 2019

Fire ants breached Biosecurity Queensland's $500m program seven more times in 2017-18. Reviews say always the case. Steering Committee 'confident.' Time for a Royal Commission.

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06 Mar 2019

Fire ants now infest Bromelton State Development Area: an area of national economic significance. Thanks Biosecurity Queensland! Time for a Royal Commission.

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04 Mar 2019

Biosecurity Queensland can't account for hundreds of bags of fire ant bait. Still the Steering Committee approves the budget. Time for a Royal Commission

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15 Feb 2019

Biosecurity Queensland blows its $41m Fire Ant Program budget for 2018-19 in 7 months: 3 months before the end of the treatment season. Time for a Royal Commission.

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07 Feb 2019

GM of Biosecurity Queensland's fire ant program tried to shut down criticism at a community forum in Gatton with a 'divide and conquer' format. They didn't let him.

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21 Jan 2019

Biosecurity Queensland’s chaotic management of the fire ant program in the Lockyer Valley alienates farmers and staff and breaches the Biosecurity Act

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13 Jan 2019

Biosecurity Queensland’s fire ant program is a Commonwealth funded jobs program for Queenslanders: not an incentive to eradicate fire ants. Steering Committee responsible.

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04 Jan 2019

Biosecurity Queensland puts strict controls on fire ant carriers going inter-state but minimal controls on fire ant carriers not going inter-state

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29 Nov 2018

Fire ants infesting a new housing estate in Fernvale: putting the safety of residents at risk. Another Biosecurity Queensland fail!

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28 Nov 2018

Fire ants out of control. 321 suburbs infested: up from 284 in 2016. Another 26 likely infested. Time for a Senate inquiry.

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19 Nov 2018

Queensland Minister says fire ant program 'world class.' Fake news!

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17 Nov 2018

Biosecurity Queensland ignores persistent fire ant infestation in wetlands in Brisbane’s south-west: wasted a colossal $400+public money. Time for a Senate Inquiry.

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02 Nov 2018

Fire ant program GM gives the public fake news, not public scrutiny.

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25 Oct 2018

Unmarked fire ant nests on footpath beside Oxley Road. Biosecurity Queensland puts public safety at risk.

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09 Oct 2018

Another 300 fire ant nests found in Springfield Lakes, Ipswich. Another Biosecurity Queensland failure.

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01 Oct 2018

Failed! Biosecurity Queensland's new 10 year fire ant eradication program.

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24 Aug 2018

Biosecurity Queensland puts kids in Loganholme at risk of fire ant stings

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13 Aug 2018

Biosecurity Queensland uses dishonest science to claim its baits kill fire ants

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06 Aug 2018

Did Biosecurity Queensland miss over 50 large fire ant nests in Lanefield, west of Ipswich, infested for 10 years?

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29 Jul 2018

Biosecurity Queensland leaves a fire ant nest in Cleveland, next to a primary school, unmarked: puts public safety at risk

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25 Jul 2018

General Manager of Biosecurity Queensland's fire ant program says it's OK to put warning signs on nests on construction sites, but not in public parks

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22 Jul 2018

Unmarked fire ant nest in a public park in Rocklea: a suburb inside Biosecurity Queensland's fire ant zone since 2001

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15 Jul 2018

Biosecurity Queensland tells the public 'Report fire ants or cop a $97,425 fine.'

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06 Jul 2018

Biosecurity Queensland removing ID tags from untreated fire ant nests. Covering-up evidence of failure?

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03 Jul 2018

Biosecurity Queensland needs to tell the public the truth about the fire ant program

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13 Jun 2018

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

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12 Jun 2018

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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18 Apr 2018

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

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19 Mar 2018

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

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07 Mar 2018

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

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16 Feb 2018

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

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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?

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06 Dec 2017

Director-General Qld Dept Agriculture says Commonwealth money NOT used to eradicate fire ants. Was used for Qld jobs program.

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21 Nov 2017

Blowing the whistle on Biosecurity Queensland’s misleading fire ant program reports: they over-state success and don’t report serious problems. Problems remain.

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05 Nov 2017

Will new leaders be the new brooms that save Biosecurity Queensland’s fire ant fiasco or will incumbent, incompetent managers continue to run the fire ant program?

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24 Oct 2017

Biosecurity Queensland can’t prove it is eradicating fire ants and can’t prove it has not wasted $400m of public money

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17 Oct 2017

Biosecurity Queensland’s hit and miss fire ant treatment program for 2017-18 is doomed to fail

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10 Oct 2017

Biosecurity Queensland’s bungled fire ant program is alienating the public rather than engaging it in the fight against fire ants.

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22 Sep 2017

Biosecurity Queensland doubles effort to fight fire ants but problem is ten times worse. Again, too little, too late.

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16 Sep 2017

Biosecurity Queensland's fire ant program budget blow-out: from $123.4m for 5 years to $800m for 26 years.

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02 Sep 2017

Hundreds of fire ant nests. Public losing confidence in Biosecurity Queensland

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26 Aug 2017

Fire ants now in Deagon: yet another breach of Biosecurity Queensland's Fire Ant Zone Lines

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08 Aug 2017

Fire ants found in another new housing estate: in Lowood, way outside Biosecurity Queensland's fire ant zone

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31 Jul 2017

Will Biosecurity Queensland bluff the new fire ant oversight committee? Likely, without public scrutiny too.

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17 Jul 2017

Biosecurity Queensland's Fire Ant Fiasco and Cover-up.

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04 Jul 2017

Fire ants in seven new housing estates this year, or more. Biosecurity Queensland has failed.

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28 Jun 2017

Fire ants now in Moreton Bay area. Biosecurity Queensland has failed.

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23 Jun 2017

Fire ants now in East Brisbane parks. Biosecurity Queensland has failed.

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12 Jun 2017

Biosecurity Queensland's fire ant map is out of date. Fire ants are out of control.

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04 Jun 2017

Fire ant nests are popping up near Rosewood - again! Biosecurity Queensland has failed.

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23 May 2017

Fire ant nests exploding in new housing estates. Biosecurity Queensland has abrogated its responsibility.

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13 May 2017

Fire ants have infested Brisbane's south-west for 16 years. Biosecurity Queensland has failed.

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03 May 2017

Hundreds and hundreds of fire ant nests. Biosecurity Queensland has lost control.

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19 Apr 2017

Biosecurity Queensland gets $900,000 to pitch a new fire ant program

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07 Apr 2017

Crunch time for Biosecurity Queensland's failed fire ant program

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22 Mar 2017

No public scrutiny of Biosecurity Queensland's failing fire ant program

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08 Feb 2017

Commonwealth oversight of the fire ant program: poor.

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21 Jan 2017

Where are fire ants: really?

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05 Jan 2017

Did Biosecurity Queensland managers write their own fire ant program review?

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29 Nov 2016

Queensland lost the war on fire ants in June 2001

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19 Nov 2016

Fire ant fact check: Two incursions eradicated. Really?

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31 Oct 2016

Fire ants are out of control: Biosecurity Queensland has no fire ant controls

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18 Oct 2016

Fire ants out of control: more nests found in last year than previous years

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03 Oct 2016

Fire ants out of control: back in Brookfield

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01 Oct 2016

Fire ants out of control: now in Bracken Ridge.

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15 Sep 2016

Biosecurity Qld sacks fire ant program whistle-blower

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24 Jul 2016

Fire Ant Fiasco Fact Check

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17 Jul 2016

Fire Ant Fiasco: ignore the science, waste public money, dump the consequences back onto the public

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08 Jul 2016

Fire ants are coming back!

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04 Jul 2016

Queensland Government dumps the fire ant problem onto the public

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24 Jun 2016

Searching for fire ants by helicopter: remote sensing or remote chance?

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20 Jun 2016

Creating a fire ant biosecurity industry?

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12 Jun 2016

Fire Ant Program in SEQ in Limbo

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07 Jun 2016

Biosecurity Queensland: incapable now and in the future

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12 Apr 2016

Fire ant Fiasco

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