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East Timor's cane toad emergency demands massive Australian effort.



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Wednesday, 10 September 2008

East Timor's cane toad emergency demands massive Australian effort

The invasion of East Timor and, potentially, the Indonesian archipelago by cane toads from Australia demands a huge urgent eradication plan from the Rudd government, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"This is an international biological emergency which threatens huge extinction potential across the archipelago. It could also cost billions of dollars in economic loss for both East Timor and Indonesia, and, potentially, the rest of South East Asia," Senator Brown said.

"Urgent action to eradicate the pest before the coming wet season must be given priority," Senator Brown said.

Further information: Ebony Bennett 0409 164 603

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Ebony Bennett Media Advisor Senator Bob Brown | Leader of the Australian Greens e: ebony.bennett@aph.gov.au m: 0409 164 603 | p: (02) 6277 3170 | f: (02) 6277 3185 w: www.bobbrown.org.au