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Four Corners: Cash Splash
Cash Splash
ABC  |  July 8, 2019

Two years on from the Four Corners investigation into water theft in the Murray-Darling Basin that sparked a royal commission, the program returns to the river system to investigate new concerns about how the plan to rescue it is being carried out.

On Monday, Four Corners investigates whether the contentious plan has become a colossal waste of taxpayers' 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. But how is the money being spent?

Some irrigators say this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform their businesses, while others are questioning who is actually gaining the most from the generous scheme.

Meanwhile, some are questioning whether the scheme is actually encouraging the planting of crops even thirstier than cotton, setting the timer on a potential ticking time bomb.

Two years on from the Four Corners investigation into water theft in the Murray-Darling Basin that sparked a royal commission, the program returns to the river system to investigate new concerns about how the plan to rescue it is being carried out.

On Monday, Four Corners investigates whether the contentious plan has become a colossal waste of taxpayers' 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. But how is the money being spent?

Some irrigators say this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform their businesses, while others are questioning who is actually gaining the most from the generous scheme.

Meanwhile, some are questioning whether the scheme is actually encouraging the planting of crops even thirstier than cotton, setting the timer on a potential ticking time bomb.

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