Senate inquiry told blood tests ‘scary’

Chris McLennan
Updated July 24 2018 - 8:46am, first published July 19 2018 - 2:15pm
Dr P.J. Spafford speaks to the Senate inquiry.
Dr P.J. Spafford speaks to the Senate inquiry.

Scathing evidence has been presented to a Senate PFAS inquiry in Katherine today over mishandling of the contamination crisis.

Senators closely questioned Katherine GP P.J. Spafford over the 380 blood tests taken already from residents as part of a government-sponsored survey.

“The results are scary,” Dr Spafford said.

He said it was clear the Department of Defence shouldn’t be the lead authority in dealing with the town’s contamination.

Dr Spafford said while Defence has admitted responsibility for causing the problem, it might not be the best department to deal with it.

“I have found high levels of PFAS in my own blood.

“I am amazed at the high levels of PFAS in my patients’ blood.

Senate inquiry told blood tests ‘scary’
Senate inquiry told blood tests ‘scary’

“I am concerned for the future health of this community.”

Anthony Bartlett spoke passionately on the impact of the PFAS crisis on his family and future.

“I want to wake up from this nightmare.”

Dr Errol Lawson said there are extreme levels of stress in the community.

Mayor Fay Miller said a lot of money needs to be flowing into Katherine now to  support its future.

“We need some reassurance about our future.”

Mayor Miller suggested government investment in water sports could be helpful to the town’s future.

Chris McLennan

Chris McLennan

National Rural Property Writer

ACM national rural property writer based in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria. Career journalist. Multi award winner.

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