|Buckingham in the Darling River|
"Water minister Niall Blair has led by example in his repeated attempts to play down, stone wall and cover up the growing scandal with water theft and compliance in NSW," said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
"If it is true his Department has now been caught trying to deceive the Ombudsman, then they are simply mirroring the attitude taken by Minister Blair and he must accept responsibility.
"The minister has repeatedly resisted calls for previous Ombudsman reports to be tabled in NSW Parliament to the extent that the Ombudsman is now reporting directly to the parliament to ensure the minister cannot block their release.
"The acute and chronic failure in water compliance in NSW is undermining the entire Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
"The ever growing scandal in the administration of water in Australian needs a Royal Commission to lance the boil," he said.
27 February 2018