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Tuesday, 13 February 2007
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Mr RUDD (2:20 PM) —My question is to the Prime Minister. Does the Prime Minister recall saying last Friday:

There’s a $10 billion investment of new money by the Commonwealth to fix the basic problems of the Murray-Darling Basin …

Did the Prime Minister last Thursday tell the premiers that this $10 billion would not exclusively be for the Murray-Darling Basin but would also be available for irrigation projects outside the basin? Prime Minister, which of these two statements is correct?

Mr HOWARD (Prime Minister) —I made it clear on 25 January when I announced the policy that states outside the Murray-Darling Basin would be entitled to participate. There is no conflict. The Leader of the Opposition has not done his homework.