BARWON MP Kevin Humphries has slammed the ABC over its Four Corner’s report into water theft in the Murray Darling Basin, which he said was “full of factual errors, bias and poorly researched”.
The report alleged Mr Humphries, then Water Minister, gave a room full of irrigators in the North West permission to pump water out of the river during an embargo.
“It is false to promote a hearsay allegation that a Minister can override a water extraction embargo on the Barwon‑Darling,” Mr Humphries said in a speech to parliament.
“The comment was never made by me to an individual, or at a meeting.
“These are the people who gave us the live cattle debacle that nearly killed off a multi-million dollar industry for this country.
“They tried to kill off the greyhounds with an emotional report.
“They have rubbished retirement villages in recent programs and they have seriously overreached first on land clearing and now on water.”