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Four Corners: Cash Splash: Taxpayer dollars, secretive deals and the lucrative business of water


The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Four Corners

Four Corners –  reveals the results of its latest investigation into how billions of taxpayers’ dollars are being spent on the plan to rescue the Murray-Darling Basin and whether the contentious plan has become a colossal waste of money.

The river system is the lifeblood of Australian agriculture but right now it’s in crisis.

It’s experiencing one of the worst droughts on record, and with mass fish deaths capturing the headlines and farmers struggling to survive, many are saying the scheme is failing to deliver.

Billions of taxpayers’ dollars are being poured into grants handed to irrigators in an attempt to save more water.

We’ve discovered the big winner is big business.

Huge corporations, some of them partly foreign-owned, have received tens of millions of dollars to fund massive expansions and increase irrigation.

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