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19       Politics— Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade—Joint Standing Committee—PFAS contamination—Government response

Senator Faruqi, also on behalf of Senators McCarthy, Patrick and Griff, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 400—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                    the issue of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination has caused significant mental, emotional and financial stress for communities where PFAS have contaminated land and water, including the communities around the RAAF bases in Williamtown and Richmond in New South Wales, the Oakey Army Aviation Centre in Queensland, and RAAF Base Tindal at Katherine in the Northern Territory,

(ii)                  it has been more than 14 months since the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade tabled its report, Inquiry into the management of PFAS contamination in and around Defence bases , and the Federal Government has still not issued its response, and

(iii)                communities are waiting anxiously on the Government’s response to the key recommendations of the Committee, such as that the Federal Government appoint a Coordinator-General to coordinate the national response to the PFAS contamination issue; undertake measures to improve participation in the voluntary blood testing program for PFAS; and assist property owners and businesses in affected areas for demonstrated, quantifiable financial losses associated with PFAS contamination, including the possibility of buybacks; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to immediately release its response to the report of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade into management of PFAS contamination in and around Defence bases.

Question put and passed.