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FARM ONLINE | Biosecurity funding must not solely be sourced from ag

GRAIN Producers Australia are keeping the pressure on the Federal Government to keep biosecurity concerns to the fore in next week's budget.

In particular the organisation, responsible for the largest biosecurity portfolio in agriculture through its work with Plant Health Australia, said it wanted to see a more secure and sustainable funding model with other sectors outside agriculture also contributing.

GPA chair, Barry Large, said he was heartened by recent comments by federal agriculture minister Murray Watt's comments to media last week at the Port of Brisbane in regards to ensuring agriculture was not responsible for doing all the heavy lifting for biosecurity funding.

Mr Large - who also chairs the GPA biosecurity committee - said the upcoming federal budget will now test whether the minister's promising words were matched by investment and actions.


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