Government must act on PFAS contamination

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE - BRODTMANN AND SHORTEN

Labor is deeply concerned about the revelations in last night's Four Corners report, and once again calls on the Turnbull Government to respond to the escalating PFAS contamination issue across Australia.

The report suggested the number of PFAS affected Defence and civilian sites across Australia now stands at 70.

There has been no statement from the Minister for Defence on the Defence sites.

There has been no statement from the Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister on the civilian sites. 

The Turnbull Government’s silence on PFAS contamination is deafening.

The Turnbull Government announced it was working on a 'solution' in May

Six months on, what is it and where is it?

Will the 'solution' address the issues facing the Katherine community? The Williamtown community? The Oakey community? The 18 Defence sites? The 70 sites across the nation? 

What is the Turnbull Government's remediation plan for the PFAS affected sites?

What is the PFAS Taskforce doing? 

In contrast, Labor has led the way in developing a response to PFAS contamination.

We called for clear, coordinated communication with affected communities. The Turnbull Government has failed to do that.

We called for a nationally consistent approach to the management of PFAS contamination around the country. The Turnbull Government has failed to implement that.

We called for blood tests for communities affected by PFAS contamination around Defence sites. The Turnbull Government has ignored this.  

When will the Turnbull Government finally adopt Labor’s policy response to PFAS contamination in its entirety, rather than the ad-hoc approach underway?

Labor has been standing shoulder to shoulder with PFAS affected communities.

Like them, we’re still waiting on the Turnbull Government to do something. 

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