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Port Stephens Greens: Defence Department fails locals over Williamtown contamination

From Port Stephens Greens:

Williamtown and Fullerton Cove residents, at a meeting with Greens members on 16 November targeted the Defence Department and the Defence Minister Marise Payne for their failure to quickly deal with the serious contamination and offer fair compensation. 

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens NSW Senate candidates Michael Osborne and Jane Oakley along with a number of Hunter Greens members met with local residents, fishers and business people for an extensive briefing.

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Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee (Williamtown)

Through extensive questioning, Lee has ascertained that from 2003 to 2011 the Defence Department failed to inform Williamtown residents of the dangers posed by contaminants used at the airforce base. The contaminants found in run off from the Williamtown Base are perfluorinated compounds, including the toxic chemicals PFOA and PFOS. It is 2015, and toxic chemicals have leeched into water beyond the site. Residents of Williamtown deserve immediate answers. 

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Adjournment: Conscription

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (20:02): As commemorations of First World War events are being rolled out we should also remember that many courageous people took a stand for world peace and did not support this war. Some became conscientious objectors. The words of the last Anzac are a reminder that we should remember and honour these people. The last Anzac-the last Anzac for the whole world-lived in Tasmania, and he said on his deathbed:

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