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2016 Spring - Can Australia’s biosecurity standards survive in a free trade era?

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FPJ1303F - Mahar, T (2016), Can Australia’s Biosecurity Standards Survive in the Free Trade Era?

FPJ1303F - Mahar, T (2016), Can Australia’s Biosecurity Standards Survive in the Free Trade Era?, in Farm Policy Journal, vol. 13, no. 3, Spring 2016, pp. 45-50, Surry Hills, Australia.

As the peak lobby group for Australian farmers, the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF), has never encountered such potential for the agriculture sector. Increases in the new Asian middle class signal an increased demand for high quality, fresh food. Australia’s biosecurity reputation is paramount to Australia’s competitive advantage of producing clean and safe food, which is largely due to a long track record of strong biosecurity safeguards. Broadening trade agreements can generate greater prosperity in our rural and regional communities and the national economy. Free trade agreements will test Australia’s biosecurity systems at every level, incursions will become a reality.
The NFF advocate for a strong, robust and science-based approach to biosecurity with a broadening of community awareness through tailored communications and education with matching funding and resources. It supports government and private partnerships along with a commitment of strong investment in biosecurity research and development. Biosecurity is important for all Australians, not only the agriculture sector. What is needed is a cost-effective, sustainable and efficient biosecurity system which utilises innovation and technology.

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