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Comments by the Assistant Defence Minister, disputing the possible health impacts of PFOS and PFOA, haven’t been well received by some in Port Stephens.

Michael McCormack argued there’s no link between the firefighting foams and adverse human health effects, like cancer.

Labor Candidate for Paterson, Meryl Swanson, called for more information from the government.

“We need to be given all the information. If the assistant minister has information that it’s not harming people, and not harmful to our environment – then why aren’t we being told this – why isn’t the government sharing that information, why isn’t the government telling us more.”

Mr McCormack’s comments contradict the International Agency for Research, which has classified PFOA as possibly causing cancer.

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Tyson Cottrill

Tyson Cottrill is a senior reporter and newsreader for Nine NBN News, based in Newcastle. As the Chief Court Reporter, Tyson has covered some of the biggest court cases from across the Hunter and northern New South Wales. Tyson started with the Nine Network in 2007 and has worked in newsrooms in Sydney, the Gold Coast, and Brisbane. A proud Novocastrian, Tyson has spent the majority of his journalism career reporting on the stories that matter in his hometown. Tyson has a Bachelor of Communications from Charles Sturt University.

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