I was still laboring under the impression that on the Federal level, all importation of either honeybees or honeybee genetic material was banned when AHB were accidently released in Brazil. That ONLY limited amounts of genetic material were authorized and ONLY from authorized sources. NO LIVE BEES AT ALL. I knnow Australians are trading partners and friends of the states, but I haven't heard of the lifting of the ban on live bees imports. even though the bees come with queens from Hawaii ( and one assumes that, but why bother with the expense of importing queens from Hawaii, when you can simply load up one locally from your yard, and send it, only if the queens genetics are checked will you be caught, and that highly unlikely since on a federal level inspection services are not exactly stringent or strident. So who exactly knows what we are getting. I only look back and see all the imports we have and wish we didn't--Yellow Jackets--Europe, European Hornets--name speaks for itself, Fire Ants--Brazil, European Starlings--again name speaks for itself, pidgeon--Europe, tracheal mite and varroa mites Asia. Those were accidental imports for the most part. If infact we are allowing the importation of Queenright colonies of Australian bees, then in all probabilities we are also getting Australian Queens with all the genitic hiccups that goes with them, and were doing that on purpose!!!!!!!!!!!