Residents near Oakey army base in Queensland allege contamination has spread into groundwater and food, affecting health and making homes unsellable

The federal government is in denial about the effects of toxic firefighting foam and has failed to help trapped residents move, one of the lawyers bringing a class action against the defence department has said.

Hundreds of residents living near the Oakey army aviation centre allege toxic chemicals used in firefighting foam have spread on to their land, entering their bloodstream by contaminating groundwater and food sources.

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