Minister defends water projects

Federal Water Resources Minister David Littleproud in Mildura last month .Picture: Carmel Zaccone
Federal Water Resources Minister David Littleproud in Mildura last month .Picture: Carmel Zaccone

A WAR of words has erupted again over the management of the Murray-Darling basin with the Federal Government standing firm on spending for water efficiency measures as opponents called for an end to the “rort”.

The ABC’s Four Corners program on Monday night aired allegations that billions of dollars had flowed to corporate irrigators, helping them to plant crops that required vast amounts of water.

Water Minister David Littleproud said the government was proud to invest in efficiency projects despite claims the commonwealth cash favoured cotton and almond farmers.

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