Spring 2016, Vol. 13, No. 3

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

Biosecurity is at the forefront of Australia’s success as an agricultural exporter. Australia has an enviable biosecurity record due to investment in research, development and biosecurity infrastructure. However, as agricultural trade barriers fall and tourism and travel increases, there is an increased risk of biosecurity breaches in Australia, and these could have a devastating economic impact.
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Trade Liberalisation and Australian Biosecurity: Opportunities and Challenges Under the ‘Shared Responsibility’ Approach

Dr Carol Richards and Dr Vaughan Higgins

Mega-free trade agreements such as the TPP bring Australia into new, major trade partnerships that encompass almost a billion of the world’s population and 40% of global GDP. Despite the opportunities for Australia’s export market, little is known about the potential challenges these FTAs present for national and sub-national biosecurity governance. Australia’s ‘shared responsibility’ approach, devolves responsibility for biosecurity to key stakeholders, such as producers. Is this adequate in a new trade environment? Buy now

Do Free Trade Agreements Risk Australia’s High Biosecurity Standards?

Kathleen Plowman and Dr Ian Langstaff

Australia’s animal health status and biosecurity system are two of Australia’s greatest assets and the foundation that supports the future growth and wellbeing of our nation and people. If Australia is to maintain its reputation as a world leader in animal health and biosecurity management, robust biosecurity practices must remain a priority across all levels of government and throughout all levels of the industry supply chain – to succeed, shared responsibility must be practiced. Buy now

Where there is Export Opportunity there is Always a Biosecurity Risk… is Australian Horticulture Ready for Both?

Tania Chapman

The opening up of free trade agreements allows Australian horticulture growers and exporters access to new markets. This does however have a flip side. As our markets open up, so do Australian domestic markets to other countries allowing horticultural products from around the world. This, along with increasing tourism to regional areas, can have impacts on biosecurity measures. Phytosanitary standards and quarantine procedures for market access need to be based on sound science for both imports and exports. Buy now

Pandora’s Box and the Level Playing Field: Food Safety and Regulations

David Adamson

Free trade agreements extend well beyond the notion of providing additional market access for agricultural producers, as they are designed to increase economic integration between the signatories. To encourage integration, these treaties are examining ways of harmonising the rules of business within the signatories. If Australian regulations are different, and we are known as providing a source of safe food, is there any risk associated with adopting new and more relaxed regulations?
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Can Australia’s Biosecurity Standards Survive in the Free Trade Era?

Tony Mahar

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. Buy now

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