Audit will investigate the $80m purchase overseen by Barnaby Joyce but Labor says it won’t go far enough

The Coalition has sought to defuse a growing political scandal over $80m in water buybacks by referring the past decade of commonwealth water purchases to the auditor general.

Saying the government needed to provide the community with “confidence and clarity” in how the Murray-Darling Basin plan was operating, the minister for agriculture and water resources, David Littleproud said the audit would would probe the $80m purchase overseen by his predecessor Barnaby Joyce as part of broad-ranging review.

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