MEDIA RELEASE - 6 February 2018
Turnbull government’s ultimate insult to Williamtown
Commenting on the Turnbull government’s weak explanation regarding what consideration has been given to addressing the financial impacts of the Williamtown contamination, Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said the government’s lack of a plan was deeply insulting and would add to the hardship and uncertainty local residents and businesses are coping with.
“The Turnbull government has shown the depth of its arrogance by simply listing financial organisations they have met with,” Senator Rhiannon said.
“By withholding the recommendations and outcomes of these meetings, this explanation isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.
“This is a ruthless, uncaring response from an out of touch government.
“The Defence Department has admitted total liability for the toxic runoff that continues to pollute the water and soil around the RAAF base and the government does not have the decency to provide a meaningful report on the financial impact.
“After failing to inform local residents and businesses of the contamination when the government first became aware of the crisis and after failing to compensate and buyout residents impacted by the toxic contamination, the government is continuing to drag the chain.
“This latest insult suggests the Turnbull government has given up on working to solve the Williamtown crisis that it created,” Senator Rhiannon said.