Buybacks by open tenders were a successful, cost-effective way of returning water to the Murray-Darling Basin. They should never have been abandoned.
Billions of dollars have been spent on infrastructure schemes in the Murray Darlling Basin with no measurable improvement.
Deep Saini speaks with Michelle Grattan about the week in politics.
The controversy over the water purchase is based on an old story; the election has enabled it to be resurrected for a powerful fresh spin around the political circuit.
The latest Murray-Darling Basin scandal calls into question whether the government is using public money wisely.