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UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Owen Paterson, visited in April to see first-hand Australia's approach to biosecurity.
Speaking about the visit, Mr Paterson said:
We’ve been looking with real interest at Australia’s very robust policies on biosecurity, keeping out plant and animal health disease and that’s the primary purpose of the visit.
There are real lessons for us to take back from all of this.
The more we can swap ideas, the better.
During the four-day fact finding tour, the Minister and his delegation visited:
- A cattle property to inspect Australia’s livestock electronic tagging system,
- The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) research facilities,
- biodiversity offsetting sites; and
- Sydney airport and port to see Australia’s frontline quarantine measures.
Mr Paterson was accompanied by Professor Ian Boyd, the Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.