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Motion: Chemical Contamination

Senator RHIANNON  (New South Wales) (15:46): I, and also on behalf of Senator Xenophon, move: 

That the Senate— 

(a) notes that on 14 June 2016, the Turnbull Government announced a $55 million package paid for from the existing Department of Defence budget, for: 

   (i) containment and remediation of perfluorinated compound (PFC) contamination around the country, 

   (ii) an epidemiological study to examine the effects of PFC contamination in communities around the country, 

   (iii) a voluntary blood testing program, 

   (iv) specialised mental health and counselling services, and 

   (v) the appointment of a dedicated Community Liaison Office; 

(b) calls on the Government to report on the progress of each item under the $55 million package; and 

(c) calls on the Government 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. 


Passed unanimously.

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