ALBURY MP Justin Clancy has been accused of not thinking for himself and not understanding water issues by a fellow politician.
Member for Murray Helen Dalton made the claims about the Liberal MP on Wednesday as she spruiked her revised bill to establish a water register in NSW.
The Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party MP has amended her bill to address concerns personal details of farmers would be too exposed in the public register.
Mrs Dalton expects the fresh bill to be debated in the Lower House next week and is hopeful a 37-44 vote last month for her previous version will be turned around.
She said she would lobby Independent member for Wagga Joe McGirr and Liberals who rejected the previous bill.
"I will talk to Justin but I think he's a poster boy for the status quo and the Liberals," Mrs Dalton said.
"I wish he would think for himself.
"He does as he's told and he doesn't have much of an idea of water and understanding.
IN OTHER NEWS:
"He's got Jerilderie but he really doesn't have a lot of irrigation districts in his electorate."
Mr Clancy did not reply directly to Mrs Dalton's words but noted he represented those in the Coleambally, Murray and West Corurgan irrigation areas.
"It's a significant issue for my community and I make sure I'm seeking effective outcomes for my community," he said.
The Nationals have opposed my bill for a public register listing who owns our water, on the grounds it violates the privacy of "mum and dad" farmers.— Helen Dalton MP (@helendalton22) September 8, 2020
I've now amended the bill to make it clear a register can't display personal contact details.
Surely they'll now support it? https://t.co/AGjUY59gX4
Mr Clancy said it was "insightful" Mrs Dalton had not cited the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission interim report on basin water trade in her bill.
He said that report which raised concerns about "information failures" and the operation of the market was the "cornerstone for action".
Dr McGirr welcomed Mrs Dalton's move to alter her bill, saying the previous version meant "frankly open slather for activists to come on to all the farms".
"I'm encouraged by the changes she's made," he said.
However, Dr McGirr said he would wait for the debate in parliament before indicating whether he will change his vote to an aye.