Feb 2019 | A 'bloody old Chinaman' poses bigger biosecurity risk than importers, Nationals senator claims

Date: 19 Feb 2019

Source: SBS

Queensland Nationals senator Barry O'Sullivan says "some bloody old Chinaman" is more risk to Australia's biosecurity than levy-paying importers.

It was revealed at Senate estimates the Agriculture Department has received mostly negative feedback over the proposed Biosecurity Imports Levy, which would tax containers brought into the country.

"There's a bigger chance of us having a biosecurity breach from some bloody old Chinaman that brings in his favourite sausage down the front of his undies," Senator O'Sullivan said at Tuesday's hearing.

The new levy is due to start on July 1 and would be imposed on all cargo imported to Australia by sea, with the exception of military equipment.