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.

Open letter to the Committee

In the last few months, a Parliamentary Inquiry management of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination in and around Defence bases has been conducted.

The committee has travelled to Katherine, Oakey and Williamtown to hear from impacted communities.

The Inquiry has shed light on a number of important matters which CAP has summarised in an open letter to the Committee here.

The Committee is expected to release its report before the end of the year.

Read the submissions to the Inquiry:

Government Inquiry

MAKE A SUBMISSION – YOUR VOICE COUNTS

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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