In June this year primary industries minister Natahan Guy reacted to criticism of cuts in biosecurity funding.
“To make it crystal clear, funding has not been cut for biosecurity in Budget 2013” Minister Guy said
According to the minister appropriations for ‘border biosecurity monitoring and clearance’ were temporarily higher in last year’s Budget because $5 million was brought forward from last year to pay for the Joint Border Management System as well as $1 million for the merger to create the Ministry for Primary Industries.
“Biosecurity is my number one priority as Minister, and overall funding has doubled since 2000. We now have a major programme of work underway to improve what is already a world-class system.
Mr Guy said his ministry is working closely with Australia on foot and mouth preparedness and that a recent Auditor-General report noted that MPI has been successful in responding to incursions, and plans are being updated to deal with pests, improve surveillance and targeting, and hold ongoing regular exercises and simulations.
He said the Sustainable Farming Fund is investing $8.8 million into 42 projects including biological controls for pests.