MP demands Oakey contaminated water report go public

THE State Government has pushed responsibility back to its federal counterpart in relation to the Oakey groundwater contamination issue.

State Health Minister Cameron Dick yesterday told parliament it is the Commonwealth Government's responsibility to fix what it allowed to happen.

"That is the responsibility of the Commonwealth government," Mr Dick said.

"Successive Commonwealth governments have contaminated land and water by the use of foam and other products at these facilities over many years.

"The Commonwealth has contaminated; the Commonwealth must clean."

The response was to a questioned posed by Condamine MP Pat Weir who queried the minister's decision to give Oakey doctors a copy of the report but not the residents.

The Chronicle has requested a full copy of the report which Mr Weir tabled in parliament yesterday.

In it, Mr Weir claimed residents were warned not to drink or prepare food with the bore water "from the potentially affected area".

"Can the minister advise why this warning has not been issued to the local residents?" he asked.

Mr Dick replied it was up to Mr Weir to circulate the report and make it available to residents.

"The Member for Condamine clearly knows about the matter," Mr Dick said.

"He is at full liberty to discuss this with every one of his constituents, as is the federal member for Groom."

Mr Dick said while the state would assist the Commonwealth in clearing up the contaminated area but reiterated the Federal Government was the lead agency.

"The contaminated in the land there goes directly to the operation of facilities owned and operated by the Commonwealth government, operated by the Australian Defence Force," he said.

"It is not a responsibility of the state - the state has not caused this problem - but state agencies will be part of the response.

"The primary lead in this matter is the Commonwealth of Australia."


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