This is to confirm that the Quarantine department will be charging the public a minimum of $56 seed inspection fee to all seed orders received through the mail from interstate or overseas as of 1st of July 2013. I have just got off the phone to the quarantine dept, I will be organise a group base campaign to fight this huge impost on individuals to buy seed to grow food. I understand quarantine is trying to recoop its cost but this is a disgusting invasion on individuals rights to product food.
There has been absolutely no effort to educate the public on these changes only registered seed importers have been notified. First you will know is a $50 plus bill with your seed order care of the Quarantine Dept.
Campaigns will come through Permaculture West and Organic Association of WA and all gardening groups of the state. If you are part of one of these I urge you to take up the fight and provide a draft and all your members with the Director of Border Biosecurity in Dept of AG. Greg Pickles – firstname.lastname@example.org