LIVE: Senate inquiry into government’s handling of PFAS contamination

A public hearing is being held in Williamtown on Tuesday as part of a senate inquiry into the federal government’s handling of the PFAS contamination. 

House of Representatives, Joint Standing Committee, Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade representatives are all in attendance. 

It will examine the progress of the federal government’s response to and management of the contamination, building on previous inquiries into the issue. 

Fairfax Media will have updates from the public hearing.

Chair ‘dragged’ into role on PFAS panel

THE chair of the Turnbull government’s expert health panel on toxic firefighting chemicals has told residents he was “dragged” into doing the job and someone “better qualified” should have steered its investigation.

The revelations come on the day a public hearing will be held in Williamtown as part of a senate inquiry into the federal government’s handling of the per- and poly-fluoroalkyl [PFAS] contamination. In its submission to the inquiry, the Coalition Against PFAS accused Professor Nick Buckley, from the University of Sydney, of making the remarks at a public meeting in the Northern Territory in June. Read the full report here.