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.”