There has been a strong sense of denial of the facts by successive governments concerning a decision to use an effective firefighting foam that has had some very dangerous and deadly consequences. When it came to light that this foam had serious health issues it should have been immediately withdrawn from use by an Australian firefighting unit, but its continued use at airports (Defence and civil) as well as mine rescue and other firefighting units. Livelihoods of many Australians are now in serious peril; some have serious health issues related to cancers while others cannot sell their polluted properties and are facing financial ruin. The Christian Democratic Party is appalled by the inaction of Government over the at least the last 18 years and we desire to make that change in direction to:
Stop any further use of the foam immediately
Compensate where appropriate;
Buy out where appropriate;
Supply the best possible health care as is required;
Fund research to remediate the polluted soil and ground water.
Commence an urgent clean up and retaining of the polluted areas.
Make all Government Departments subject to the same pollution laws as the general public firstly by an act of parliament and then by a constitutional amendment so that future generations will have a greater protection from future governments.
No government ought to be above the law of its people!