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Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Page: 9922

Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (15:55): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: The government is implementing measures both on and off site at RAAF Williamtown which address the primary exposure pathways, mitigate against further migration of PFAS from the base and reduce PFAS in the environment. Defence has installed three water treatment plants at the base, treating over 820 million litres of ground and surface water. Defence is excavating sediment from open drains to reduce migration of PFAS in surface water. The government has extended blood testing participation in the epidemiological study and access to dedicated mental health services for those who live or work, or have lived or worked, in the management area, including those affected by its recent expansion. The PFAS task force coordinated by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet is leading the whole-of-government response and is considering potential options to assist affected communities, including at Williamtown.

Question agreed to.