Senate debates

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Questions without Notice

Defence Facilities: Chemical Contamination

2:28 pm

Photo of Brian BurstonBrian Burston (NSW, Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party) Share this | Hansard source

My question is to the Minister for Defence, Senator Payne. This past Tuesday evening, the Department of Defence held another community information centre in Williamtown, New South Wales, to update local residents and business owners about the environmental investigation into PFAS on, and in the vicinity of, the RAAF Base Williamtown. As you should be aware, at that meeting, Defence issued its own map of Williamtown's contamination zone that differed from the map released by the NSW Environment Protection Authority just over a fortnight ago. Defence also issued its own set of precautionary guidelines for Williamtown and surrounding residents that, as it admitted to the Newcastle Herald, were less conservative than guidelines released last month by the New South Wales EPA. Can the minister advise the affected residents and businesses which map and which precautions they should take heed of?


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