The job no one wants: Government stand-off over 1080

Government agencies are in a stand-off over who should issue permits to use pest-control toxins including the controversial 1080. One government agency says it no longer wants to handle 1080 permits, another says it can’t do it either. The fall-out led to the Environmental Protection Agency calling in Kristy to carry out a review of the system.

Her report found “the current permissions regime is cumbersome, inefficient, and onerous, and needs to be overhauled, simplified and streamlined”.

Kristy’s review made 11 recommendations, including that permit applications should be centralised and that the EPA should take over the work done by public health officers.

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