A report containing information on the outcomes of preliminary sampling of perfluorinated chemical contaminants around the Robertson Barracks, RAAF Base Darwin and RAAF Base Tindal is understood to be complete.
But the Turnbull Government has failed to release it in full.
Instead, select parts of the report have been featured in the media today, which raise more questions than answers and only add to the uncertainty and stress of the communities surrounding these sites.
Why will “alternate drinking water” need to be supplied to the community around RAAF Base Tindal?
Will it need to be supplied to the community around the other sites?
Why is the report being selectively released?
When will the community be consulted?
When will a community liaison officer be appointed?
It would appear the Turnbull Government has learned nothing from its mismanagement of communication and consultation in Williamtown and Oakey.
It fails to understand communities affected by PFAS contamination want clarification about their situation and certainty about their future – now.
They want open and transparent communication – now.
And they want to be consulted – now.
Once again, the Turnbull Government has failed to meet the expectations of communities affected by PFAS.
Labor’s policy on PFAS contamination was all about providing appropriate support for those people who may be affected.
From today’s media reports and the response to date, the same can’t be said for the Turnbull Government.
THURSDAY 3 NOVEMBER