Water issue still bubbling

Lisa Neville

Lisa Neville

AN independent public inquiry is the only way to restore confidence in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan after NSW farmers allegedly misused water for cotton irrigation, Victoria’s Water Minister said.

Lisa Neville says the allegations are “deeply concerning” and urgent action is needed to restore public confidence in the integrity of the plan.

“It is not appropriate for the Murray-Darling Basin Authority to investigate these allegations because its role needs to be independently scrutinised if public trust is to be restored,” Ms Neville said yesterday.

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