Federal Water Minister plans for new water cop

A NEW independent umpire for the ­Murray-Darling Basin would hold governments and authorities to account for their management of the river system under a proposal from Federal Water Minister ­David Littleproud.

Mr Littleproud will ask states involved in the basin to back his proposal for a new inspector-general at a ministerial meeting on Sunday.

“This is a new tough cop on the beat across the Murray-Darling with the powers needed to ensure integrity in delivery of the basin plan,” Mr Littleproud said yesterday.

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