Peter Garrett, Australia’s Opposition Environment Spokesperson, is reported in the Age as having said,
A federal Labour government would commit $2million to a national plan to stop the spread of cane toads into the south and west of Australia.
Alas, his is pledge is unachievable; as cane toads are already in Western Australia. I saw them in Purnululu NP in May, whilst travelling with family.
There may be some political advantage and even some scientific justification for declaring Cane Toads a threatening process under the EPBC Act, but the consequential obligation of implementing a threat abatement plan will also have implications, particularly in terms of cost.
An interesting finding reported earlier in the week on ABC News, identifies that the toads leading the westward invasion are the fastest, longest legged and most susceptible to spinal disease.
The observation leads to the possibility of yet another biological control strategy, where soil bacteria might be encouraged to exploit weaknesses in the toads’ immune systems.