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Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Page: 8653

Ginger Imports

TO THE HONOURABLE PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS OF THE SENATE IN PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED AUSTRALIA

This petition comes from Australian citizens who are likely to be affected either directly or indirectly by the issues herein and draw to the attention of the Parliament:

The failure of Biosecurity Australia and the Government to properly protect and support our borders, horticulture industries and Australian citizens from potentially devastating pathogens found in fresh ginger from Fiji. The "low risk" analysis reported by Biosecurity Australia is reckless. These potentially damaging pathogens can affect other horticultural industries which in turn affects 1000's of Australian citizen's jobs.

We therefore ask the Senate to instruct the Government to:

Reassess the Import Risk Analysis of Fijian Ginger which has recently been approved to be imported into Australia.

Protect Australia's future food security needs.

By Senator Boswell (from 9383 citizens).

Petition received.