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Murray-Darling river water scandal judicial inquiry a must

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Murray- Darling river water scandal


Senator Nick Xenophon is calling for a judicial inquiry with the powers of a Royal Commission following disturbing allegations on ABC-TV’s 4 Corners of widespread rorting of water entitlements and tampering of meters in NSW along the Murray- Darling river system.

Senator Xenophon says the inquiry should take place in addition to an NSW ICAC inquiry.

He has written to ICAC requesting they urgently investigate the claims which include alleged inside information given to lobbyists by a NSW Government department and why water enforcement investigations appeared to have been curtailed.

“These allegations are incredibly serious,” he said.

“ They go to the heart of the $13 billion Murray- Darling Basin Plan, the environmental health of the river system and the economies of the communities which rely on it .

"This strikes at the very spirit and heart of the principles of Federation.

“ If there is evidence of any one State trying to sabotage this inter-governmental agreement, then it is an attack on what Federation stands for.”

For further details please contact Nick Xenophon on 0411 626 677 or Frank Pangallo on 0433 620 850.