22 Aug 2009

Farmers organisation wants harsher biosecurity fines

7:02 am on 22 August 2009

A $400 fine for attempting to bring banned goods into the country will not discourage travellers from breaking biosecurity rules, Federated Farmers says.

The instant biosecurity infringement fine will be doubled from $200 to $400 as part of new measures aimed at streamlining travel between Australia and New Zealand.

Federated Farmers' biosecurity spokesperson, John Hartnell, says he is disappointed the Government did not follow through on promises made during the election to increase the fine to $1,000.

He would also like to have anyone caught trying to contravene biosecurity rules banned from entering New Zealand.

New measures announced on Thursday also include an express lane for arrivals identified as a low biosecurity risk and a trial of assessing bags during flight time.