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Notice given 19 December 2006

2951  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the site of the former Albion explosives factory at Deer Park, Victoria:

(1) Why were audit areas 17 and 18 not decontaminated to the same standard as other audit areas at the site.

(2) Have residential houses been constructed on audit area 17; if so, why did the Government allow their construction.

(3) Has a community park (public open space) been constructed on audit area 18; if so, why did the Government allow the construction of the park.

(4) Were any sale conditions placed on the residential blocks (for example, restrictive covenants) at the site.

(5) Given the statement made at a meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works of 11 April 1997, that no more funding would be allocated to remediation of the land, how was the site re-audited in 2001 and certified.

(6) How can the land at this site be decontaminated if according to a federal government report on the site, commissioned between 1986 and 1989, the land was so badly contaminated that it was too costly to clean audit areas 17 and 18.

(7) What conditions were the areas south of the TNT plants left in after the department had disposed of the factory.

(8) How was the land disposed of in the areas south of the TNT plants.

 

 2952  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the site of the former Albion explosives factory at Deer Park, Victoria:

(1) Why were audit areas 17 and 18 not decontaminated to the same standard as other audit areas at the site.

(2) Have residential houses been constructed on audit area 17; if so, why did the Government allow their construction.

(3) Has a community park (public open space) been constructed on audit area 18; if so, why did the Government allow the construction of the park.

(4) Were any sale conditions placed on the residential blocks (for example, restrictive covenants) at the site.

(5) Given the statement made at a meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works of 11 April 1997, that no more funding would be allocated to remediation of the land, how was the site re-audited in 2001 and certified.

(6) How can the land at this site be decontaminated if according to a federal government report on the site, commissioned between 1986 and 1989, the land was so badly contaminated that it was too costly to clean audit areas 17 and 18.

(7) What conditions were the areas south of the TNT plants left in after the Department of Defence had disposed of the factory.

(8) How was the land disposed of in the areas south of the TNT plants.