GROWER groups have called for tighter quarantine measures.
It comes as the Federal Government prepares to pass new legislation to replace the century-old Quarantine Act 1908.
When the Biosecurity Bill 2012 and the Inspector-General of Biosecurity Bill were introduced into parliament late last year, Greens leader Christine Milne said they did not address primary industries' concerns.
Vegetable peak industry body AusVeg spokesman Hugh Gurney said the proposed changes, debated in a Senate hearing last week, failed to address a range of vital issues.
"While AusVeg welcomes the Federal Government's review of the 100-year-old Quarantine Act, AusVeg does not believe the proposed legislation adequately protects Australia's biosecurity," Mr Gurney said.
A DAFF spokesperson said Parliament was still considering the biosecurity legislation.
"The new legislation is a cornerstone of our reforms and the implementation of a risk-based approach to biosecurity management," the spokesperson said.
"It is designed to enable us to better manage the risks of animal and plant pests and diseases entering, establishing, spreading in Australia and potentially causing harm."
Queensland horticulture peak body Growcom last week slammed DAFF's estimates of quarantine risk after an independent report criticised its current risk methodology as failing to meet best-practice standards.
Growcom called for recent import-risk analyses on ginger and pineapple to be repeated using more rigorous techniques.
Growcom spokesman David Putland said it was concerned not only with DAFF Biosecurity's "weak technique" in estimating quarantine risk, but also with "illogical assumptions" applied to information used in the process.
DAFF said the Government shared industry and public concerns about disease entering Australia.