Ministers will cotton on: Lambert

February 19, 2019

Conservative Party South Australian Senate candidate Rikki Lambert says that like his NSW Nationals Ministerial counterpart, Federal Water Minister David Littleproud (pictured) will eventually cotton on and support the Conservative Party call for a fereral royal commission into the Murray Darling Basin.

Minister Littleproud and the Liberal-National Coalition government have thus far staunchly refused to back a federal royal commission, even though the NSW water minister yesterday joined the growing chorus for the national investigation.

The Queensland Nationals MP and federal Water Minister claimed SA's recently concluded royal commission meant there was no need for a federal inquiry. The Conservative Party has countered that the SA investigation was only 'half the story' because the federal government refused to let the Basin Authority front the commission - and the SA Liberal government refused to extend the commission's reporting deadline and resources to legally challenge that refusal in the High Court.

Mr Lambert says resistance to a national investigation does not make sense when there are powerful allegations of widespread corruption and water theft upstream from South Australia.

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