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Fiskville update #7
Professor Joy and his team requested this variation to the Terms of Reference after it became clear that more time is needed to complete a comprehensive investigation - there are still a great many interviews to be conducted with CFA past and present members and records to be reviewed.
Professor Joy also advised us that the interview process is proving not only to be an opportunity for CFA members to tell their story, but is also essential for him to gain useful information and that this is going to take more time. Professor Joy does not wish to pre-empt any outcomes or findings by issuing an interim report.
The extension was approved to honour CFA's commitment of ensuring a thorough and detailed investigation. Our members are our priority so it is important to give all members - past and present - every opportunity to contribute and be heard as part of this investigation.
When the allegations were first made in December last year we assured our members that we were determined to deal with this matter properly and seriously - we owe that to our people.
It's important we allow the Independent Investigator to do this without hindrance, speculation or commentary from CFA. However, we are exploring options regarding further investigation of any links between past practices and health impacts.
I thank those past and present members who have already come forward and offered information - this takes courage and is not a decision that is made lightly. I encourage those of you with information who have not yet spoken to the investigation team to contact them as soon as possible.
Your participation and cooperation is greatly appreciated.
I understand that members may be concerned about further delays beyond June, however Professor Joy has assured us that there will be no further extension requests and the report will be delivered by 30 June 2012. As I've said before these findings will be made public.