Agriculture and Water Resources Minister Barnaby Joyce faced media yesterday in Canberra to faces the issues that have arisen from the 4 Corners "Pumped" episode.
The Minister said the episode raised “serious concerns about water-theft”
“And just like there are cattle thieves and just like there are sheep thieves, there are car thieves, there are people who break into your house and there are people who steal water,” he said.
“And if you break the law - and that is an allegation, not a fact, it's an allegation - then you are going to be dealt with in the same process as any other criminal who steals things.”
Joyce had a crack at Shadow Water Minister Tony Burke by saying “Statements that are made about this having a massive effect on the Coorong just belies the facts,” he said.