MEDIA RELEASE: Turnbull gives credit where none is due


This week Malcolm Turnbull showed complete and utter disregard for the integrity of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and today at the South Australian Liberal State Conference in Adelaide the Prime Minister has praised his colleagues for not doing their job.

This week South Australian Members and Senators voted against a judicial review to find out the truth behind allegations of massive water theft and corruption in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Today Malcolm Turnbull praised his colleagues as ‘advocates’ for the Murray River.

Malcolm Turnbull has developed a reputation for doing the opposite of what he believes. Now he is giving credit to other Liberals for also not doing what they know is right.

First Malcolm Turnbull gave the water portfolio to Barnaby Joyce and the Liberals said nothing. Now they are voting against an inquiry to get to the bottom of water theft and corruption. 

Only a judicial review through the COAG process can get to the bottom of the allegations of water theft and corruption in NSW.

Labor’s motion to deliver a judicial review was lead by Senator Wong and passed the Senate with support from a range of crossbenchers including Senator Bernadi, Xenophon and Hanson-Young. It was voted against by the Coalition including South Australian Senators David Fawcett, Simon Birmingham and Assistant Water Minister – Senator Anne Ruston.

The vote on Labor’s proposal was lost in the House of Representatives. Every South Australian Coalition MP voted against it. Nicole Flint, Tony Pasin, Rowan Ramsay and Christopher Pyne do not deserve praise for abandoning the health of the Murray-Darling Basin.


Tony Burke