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Williamtown residents class action

Lee Rhiannon 4 Nov 2016
Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon says the class action lawsuit filed against the Department of Defence this week is an understandable consequence of the Department’s failure to properly act on this issue.
“It should never have come to this. 
“After over a year of patience, aguish and stoic resilience, residents in Williamtown feel that they have exhausted all other avenues and have filed a class action lawsuit against the Department of Defence. 
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Senate passes Greens/Xenophon motion on PFC contamination

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has welcomed the support of the Senate in calling on the Turnbull government to publicly disclose how the $55 million funding package promised for PFC remediation has been spent, and to pay for residents living in Williamtown, Fullerton Cove and Salt Ash under similar contamination conditions to those inside the Red Zone to be connected to town water.

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Williamtown contamination: one year on

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon will visit Williamtown to meet with residents today. The Senator will hold a press conference at Williamtown Hall at 11.30am. 

Senator Rhiannon said, “One year ago residents living in and around Williamtown found that their lives had been contaminated by toxic perfluorinated compounds from the Williamtown RAAF base. 

“Many found out in the media, and that really tells you a lot about how the Turnbull government and government agencies have handled the issue. They have been grievously passive, slow and negligent. 

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$300 million for RAAF base, but residents and workers need protection

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has commented on Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne’s announcement of a further $300 million of extended defence contracts at Williamtown RAAF base. 

Minister Pyne failed to provide any detail when he states that the Coalition government was ‘very concerned’ about the contamination issue and that government agencies were working with Defence to support the community. 

“It is almost one year since the community were first notified about the contamination, and the sense of frustration is immense. 

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PFOS at Campvale raises questions over RAAF base excavation

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has called for all excavation works on the Williamtown RAAF base to be suspended until a thorough investigation of onsite contamination is completed and publicly reported on.

"The Australian Greens once again call for the suspension of all excavation works on the Williamtown RAAF base until a thorough investigation into the on-site contamination is completed and the findings publicly reported.

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Defence Human Health Assessment report confirms dire straits for Williamtown residents

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon says the recent Human Health Assessment Report released yesterday is more bad news for the Williamtown community. 

“It confirms that existing fishing bans for Fullerton Cove will remain in place, and extends cautionary advice about consumption to home grown fruit, vegetables and meat,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

“This report really does confirm some of the worst suspicions that community members have had, about how risky this contamination is, and how they have to curb their consumption to stay safe. 

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After 300 days, Payne visits Williamtown to pass the buck

Lee Rhiannon 22 Jun 2016

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens candidate for Paterson John Brown have commented on Defence Minister’s visit to Williamtown yesterday. 

Senator Rhiannon said, “Almost three hundred days after Williamtown residents and workers had their lives turned upside down by the RAAF contamination crisis, Minister Payne decided to front up to them at Williamtown. 

“It is very hard not to see this as a cynical box-ticking exercise eleven days out from the election. 

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RAAF contamination - compensation needed as well as blood tests

Lee Rhiannon 4 Jun 2016

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has commented on Labor’s announcement of their party’s policy on PFOS and PFOA contamination.

“While it is good news that Labor has reversed its previous position and have agreed to fund voluntary blood tests for residents affected by the toxic contamination from RAAF sites, they should also offer compensation. 

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