Government Inquiry

If you have been impacted by PFAS we encourage you to make a submission. The more the Inquiry hears of individual stories, the better they will understand the issue and how it has been managed.

Inquiry into the management of PFAS contamination

A cross-party federal parliamentary inquiry into the management of PFAS contamination in and around Defence bases was held in the second half of 2018.

In its December 2018 report among the inquiry recommendations were:

-The Federal Government offer financial compensation to residents caught up in the PFAS contamination crisis.

-That a coordinator-general be appointed to organise the Government’s PFAS response,

-That long-term resident blood testing program be implemented to track health impacts

-A complete ban on PFAS firefighting foams

In the report. the head of the committee Andrew Laming MP, wrote:

“The hearings at Katherine, Williamtown and Oakey were remarkable for the intensity of the emotion that could not be masked,”

“These communities are hurt and angered by the effects of PFAS contamination, and the delays and inadequacies in the response to its discovery, have had on their lives, their families and their communities.

“For most citizens, and even expert witnesses, appearing before a parliamentary committee can be a daunting prospect at the best of times. For many of our witnesses it was a particularly distressing experience to explain before strangers how they and their families have been affected by PFAS contamination. I trust that this report honours their effort.”

Government Inquiry

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Government Inquiry – FAQ

What is the inquiry about?

The Parliament of Australia has announced an Inquiry into the Government’s management of PFAS contamination in and around Defence bases.

Who is running the inquiry?

The inquiry will be conducted by the PFAS Sub-Committee of Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade. The Sub-Committee is chaired by Mr Andrew Laming MP. You can see the committee membership here by scrolling down to the bottom of this link.

Committee Membership

Mr Laming said the Inquiry “will examine the progress of the Commonwealth Government’s response to and management of PFAS contamination. It will build on previous parliamentary inquiries into this issue in light of recent developments including the establishment of the whole-of-government PFAS Taskforce and report by the Expert Health Panel for PFAS.”

How do I make a submission?

You can make a submission online. It can take the simple form on an individual letter or a wider group or community response. A good overview of what’s required can be accessed at:

Make a Submission Online Here

The key thing is that you have your voice heard. You need to make your submission no later than July 6th.

We encourage you to make a submission. The more the Inquiry hears of individual stories, the better they will understand the issue and how it has been managed.

If our communities PFAS contamination is not from a nearby Defence base can we still make a submission?

It is important that the Committee hears about how widespread this issue is around Australia. While the terms of reference include only Defence bases we would encourage people in other impacted areas to highlight what’s happening in their community.

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