Ben O’Shea: Bali travelers need to be aware of the foot-and-mouth disease threat from undeclared food

There’s an old saying in government: You can’t legislate against stupidity.

A government can introduce the toughest laws in the world to stop drink driving or people from using their phones in cars, but there will always be a few idiots who just don’t get the message.

And why is that?

Your local newspaper whenever you want.

Because some people are just stupid.

That’s exactly why Australian farmers are shaking in their blundies about foot-and-mouth disease right now – because preventing it from getting to Australia really depends on the behavior of the people coming from Bali.

So you’re immediately talking about a cohort in which rocket scientists are unlikely to be overrepresented, but an incident in Darwin last week revealed the true magnitude of the problem.

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How much media coverage do you think foot and mouth disease has gotten in the last month?

Hell of a lot is the correct answer, so by now you’d think the message to returning travelers was pretty clear – if you’re arriving from Bali you could be bringing in a disease that could destroy a multi-billion dollar livestock industry.

https://www.perthnow.com.au/opinion/ben-oshea/ben-oshea-bali-travellers-need-to-wake-up-to-foot-and-mouth-disease-threat-from-undeclared-food-c-7714801 Ben O’Shea: Bali travelers need to be aware of the foot-and-mouth disease threat from undeclared food

Nate Jones

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