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Federal agency pushes back at Barnaby Joyce’s environmental water grab

29 August 2018

Peter Hannam, The Sydney Morning Herald
29 August, 2018

The federal agency in charge of environmental water purchases has rejected calls by the Morrison government’s special drought envoy Barnaby Joyce to divert flows to help graziers hit by the big dry.

The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder, which holds about $4 billion worth of water secured to protect the health of river systems, told Fairfax Media “a number of state and federal members of Parliament along with peak irrigation groups” had asked it to investigate options to help irrigators finish winter fodder crops.

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