Government reveals threshold to consider closing border with Indonesia amid FMD outbreak

Agriculture Minister Murray Watt says the government will only consider closing Australia’s borders with Indonesia if “we completely lose confidence” in how they handle the FMD outbreak.

“Unlike the opposition, which of course has people who say we should close the borders and some say we shouldn’t, we’ve had a consistent stance on this,” Watt told Sky News Australia. .

“We work together with industry; it will be nice to see how the opposition is doing this, and not playing politics.

“In regards to the threshold, our biosecurity experts have advised me that we will only consider closing the borders with Indonesia if we completely lose confidence that they are doing anything to control the outbreak, which is not the case. “.