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NXT Not Impressed With Water Use Judicial Inquiry Vote Down

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The Nick Xenophon Team are not impressed with Federal Liberals who yesterday voted against a judicial inquiry into water misuse allegations.

Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie has singled out Member for Barker Tony Pasin, saying while he told parliament he was outraged at the allegations, he too voted against a judicial inquiry into the matter.

“Senators across the political spectrum – my colleague Nick Xenophon, Australian Conservatives' Cory Bernardi, Independent Lucy Gichuhi, the Greens' Sarah Hanson-Young and Senate Leader Penny Wong – all co-signed the motion that could have made the inquiry a reality today, but there was no Liberal in sight."

“Yesterday I heard the Member for Barker—the other South Australian in the House of Representatives who should be representing SA river communities — say he is appalled by the allegations and yet he did not vote for a judicial inquiry."

Ms Sharkie says this is in stark contrast to their state counterparts who showed support for the inquiry.

“State Opposition Leader Steven Marshall said he was outraged by the allegations raised by ABC’s Four Corners about water management in the Barwon-Darling rivers and publicly stated the SA Liberals’ support for a national judicial review into the allegations,” Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie said.

“And yet today his own Federal colleagues refused to back the only type of investigation that has the scope and the powers to resolve this scandal."

Party Leader Nick Xenophon says he will continue to fight for the investigation into allegations raised by the ABC’s 4 Corners Program on alleged collusion between the NSW Government and irrigators, saying he’s heard many more allegations since the show aired and that it may just be the tip of the iceberg.

“How must South Australians at Waikerie, at Loxton, in the Coorong, at Mannum and at Murray Bridge feel to hear that their Federal member did not support a judicial review?" Nick said.

“SA Communities all along the river, in fact every South Australian, must feel abandoned by this Federal Government.”


Image: Claire Murphy

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