The Member for Bega, Andrew Constance has accused the government of a lack of transparency regarding the suspected outbreak of a marine pest on the New South Wales Far South Coast.
An investigation is under-way at Eden’s Twofold Bay after divers found an organism believed to be the sea squirt, which can damage infrastructure and smother mussel and oyster stocks.
Mr Constance says the government was aware of the infestation more than a month ago, but failed to act.
He says the Minister for Primary Industries, Steve Whan, neglected the issue.
“Let’s be precautious about the potential threat of a major hazard to our marine environment on the Far South Coast,” he said.
“The Labor government did not come clean on this potential threat.
“I think it raises some big questions about the administration by Steve Whan.”
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