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Wednesday, 6 December 2017
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Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:54): I inform the chamber that Senator Singh will also sponsor this motion. I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 653 standing in my name, relating to RAAF Williamtown.

Leave granted.

Senator RHIANNON: I, and also on behalf of Senator Singh, move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) the 2016 Senate committee inquiry into contamination of Australia's Defence Force facilities and other Commonwealth, state and territory sites in Australia, concluded that there were many points of failure in the Department of Defence's response to PFOS/PFOA contamination at RAAF Williamtown, and

   (ii) on 19 November 2017, the New South Wales Environment Protection Authority announced that the investigation area adjacent to RAAF Williamtown, known as the "red zone", had been expanded by 50%, drawing in a further 250 households; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to:

   (i) coordinate urgent action to stop the continued contamination around RAAF Williamtown,

   (ii) extend and improve testing regimes for blood and the surrounding environment, and

   (iii) explain, by 5 February 2018, what consideration has been given to understanding and addressing any financial impacts on affected businesses and individuals.