MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary="----=_NextPart_000_000D_01D75D1E.042B5630" This is a multipart message in MIME format. ------=_NextPart_000_000D_01D75D1E.042B5630 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit JULIE COLLINS MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE MEMBER FOR FRANKLIN TIME FOR A NATIONAL PLAN TO BATTLE HORRIFIC MOUSE PLAGUE There’s no doubt farmers and regional communities have been doing it tough over past years. Drought, bushfires, the Covid-19 pandemic and now a devastating mouse plague. The worst thing about this mouse plague is there appears to be no end in sight. The impact of the mouse plague is growing every day. Financially, NSW Farmers say it could wipe $1bn off the value of winter crops. There's also damage to feed stocks, farm equipment and buildings and to people's homes that are being inundated by mice, their excrement and the enormous number of decaying carcasses. The mice are moving across four states now including South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and NSW. We know farmers and regional communities are desperate for help given the sheer number of mice that are on the move. And that's where governments, at all levels, can provide some form of help. We've seen some assistance already happening by state governments but disappointingly there has been silence from the Morrison government. The question is does the Morrison government have a role to play? The answer is absolutely, yes, it does. I believe the federal government must, as a matter of urgency, step in and assist with a national response plan. We learnt at Senate Estimates there is no national response plan to this mouse plague. No plan, no response just the well-worn line that it's a state issue. This response is not good enough. When the Morrison government should have stepped in and acted, it hasn't. Instead it chose not to act or take any responsibility just like the vaccine rollout and hotel quarantine. NSW Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall said it was "incredibly disappointing to hear the commonwealth admit they've got no national response and throw their hands up as our regions face this problem". He, like Labor, is urging the Morrison government to help farmers now. Twice I put a motion to the parliament to encourage the government to act and to help deal with this mouse plague. Twice the government shut down the debate. Twice the Prime Minister physically turned his back on me during the debate, clearly uninterested to hear what was happening on Australian farms. This is extremely disappointing. Labor has also called for the responsible federal minister to put the mouse plague on the agenda at the next meeting of state and territory agriculture ministers. The minister has not convened a meeting of agriculture ministers since last December, but he has to take the mouse plague seriously and put it up for discussion. It is our hope this will trigger a national response plan that will help ease the severity of the mouse plague. There are other things the minister could be doing too, such as ensuring there is an adequate supply chain of appropriate poisons and that the associated approvals through the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority are happening. We know there is a lot at risk for farmers and regional communities. They deserve our help. It is time for the minister to convince the Prime Minister that there must be a national response to this shocking mouse plague now. It's the right thing to do. This piece was first published in the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday, 9 June 2021. MEDIA CONTACT: LIAM CARSWELL 0438 469 119 Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra. This is a broadcast email - please do not reply to this email. This email is confidential and may be privileged. If you have received this email by mistake: (1) please notify me immediately and delete the email; (2) you must not use this email or its contents; (3) client legal privilege is not waived. unsubscribe from this list. This email was sent to iq@canberraiq.com.au why did I get this? unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences Leader's Office Media Unit · Parliament House · Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) 2600 · Australia ------=_NextPart_000_000D_01D75D1E.042B5630 Content-Type: text/html; charset="utf-8" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable JULIE COLLINS - OPINION PIECE - TIME FOR A NATIONAL PLAN = TO BATTLE HORRIFIC MOUSE PLAGUE - WEDNESDAY, 9 JUNE 2021
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JULIE COLLINS MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE 
MEMBER FOR FRANKLIN

 
TIME FOR A NATIONAL PLAN TO BATTLE HORRIFIC MOUSE = PLAGUE
 
There=E2=80=99s no doubt farmers and regional communities have been = doing it tough over past years.

Drought, bushfires, the Covid-19 pandemic and now a devastating mouse = plague. The worst thing about this mouse plague is there appears to be = no end in sight.

The impact of the mouse plague is growing every day. Financially, NSW = Farmers say it could wipe $1bn off the value of winter crops. There's = also damage to feed stocks, farm equipment and buildings and to people's = homes that are being inundated by mice, their excrement and the enormous = number of decaying carcasses.

The mice are moving across four states now including South Australia, = Victoria, Queensland and NSW. We know farmers and regional communities = are desperate for help given the sheer number of mice that are on the = move. And that's where governments, at all levels, can provide some form = of help.

We've seen some assistance already happening by state governments but = disappointingly there has been silence from the Morrison government.

The question is does the Morrison government have a role to play? The = answer is absolutely, yes, it does. I believe the federal government = must, as a matter of urgency, step in and assist with a national = response plan.

We learnt at Senate Estimates there is no national response plan to this = mouse plague. No plan, no response just the well-worn line that it's a = state issue. This response is not good enough.

When the Morrison government should have stepped in and acted, it = hasn't. Instead it chose not to act or take any responsibility just like = the vaccine rollout and hotel quarantine.

NSW Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall said it was "incredibly = disappointing to hear the commonwealth admit they've got no national = response and throw their hands up as our regions face this problem".

He, like Labor, is urging the Morrison government to help farmers = now.

Twice I put a motion to the parliament to encourage the government to = act and to help deal with this mouse plague.

Twice the government shut down the debate.

Twice the Prime Minister physically turned his back on me during the = debate, clearly uninterested to hear what was happening on Australian = farms.

This is extremely disappointing.

Labor has also called for the responsible federal minister to put the = mouse plague on the agenda at the next meeting of state and territory = agriculture ministers. 
 
The minister has not convened a meeting of agriculture ministers since = last December, but he has to take the mouse plague seriously and put it = up for discussion. It is our hope this will trigger a national response = plan that will help ease the severity of the mouse plague.

There are other things the minister could be doing too, such as ensuring = there is an adequate supply chain of appropriate poisons and that the = associated approvals through the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary = Medicines Authority are happening.

We know there is a lot at risk for farmers and regional communities.

They deserve our help. It is time for the minister to convince the Prime = Minister that there must be a national response to this shocking mouse = plague now. It's the right thing to do.

This piece was first published in the Daily Telegraph on = Wednesday, 9 June 2021.
 
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