Court bid to block inquiry testimony

THE High Court has been asked to block Federal Government and ­Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) representatives from ­having to ­appear at a South Australian ­inquiry into ­water management.

The Commonwealth and MDBA sought an injunction after the Royal Commission into the Murray-Darling Basin summonsed federal public ser­vants, including MDBA chief exec­utive Phillip Glyde, senior managers Tony McLeod and Pradeep Sharma and the secretary of the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Daryl Quinlivan.

In its statement of claim lodged with the High Court, the Commonwealth argues the South Australian royal commission does not have the power to compel federal public servants to give evidence or produce ­documents.

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