Statement from Federal Member for Groom John McVeigh on the tabling of the Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Report on its Inquiry into management of PFAS contamination in and around Defence bases
“I welcome the tabling of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Report on its PFAS Inquiry.
“I am advised that the Government will carefully consider the Committee’s recommendations and provide a coordinated Whole-of-Australian-Government response.
“This is the latest in a series of inquiries on PFAS – in this case specifically in relation to how contamination in and around defence bases has been managed.
“I note of the nine recommendations a number focus on continuing and improving the Government’s efforts in monitoring containment remediation and access to voluntary blood testing.
“They also refer to continuing to review latest medical advice and environmental regulations.
“I also note in relation to recommendations about financial counselling community support services have already been put in place.
“Perhaps the most significant recommendation is around compensation that is tailored to individual circumstances.
“This is something I have lobbied for and I note alongside a reported class-action there are numerous negotiations underway between individual landholders and the Department of Defence.
“In the meantime I am advised there is still no consistent evidence of human health impacts which we must keep in mind as we all focus on the long term future of the Oakey community.”