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Deputy Premier takes on the federal government over water plan killing country communities

The Deputy Premier has joined forces with protesting farmers in calling for changes to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

John Barilaro is threatening to pull New South Wales out of the deal entirely if it’s isn’t overhauled by the federal government.

The state Nationals leader tells Alan Jones the future of country Australia is hanging in the balance.

“This isn’t just about losing water for irrigators, this is about the future of regional and rural communities.

“Without these industries, we have nobody and we start shutting down schools and hospitals, and communities die.

“That’s why we’re putting these demands forward and on the 17th of December Melinda Pavey will take it to the water ministers meeting.”

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Alan Jones has commended the Deputy Premier, saying he’s “the hope of the side and a real leader on this issue”.

“Now, the question is, is he able to get something done?” says Alan.

Farmers in the region are feeling more positive after thousands protested at Parliament House in Canberra.

Several government ministers met the ‘Convoy to Canberra’ and heard their message.

Carly Marriott was one of the organisers and tells Alan they’re on the right track.

“We spoke to them, we yelled at them, we chanted and they heard us.

“We’re all tired now but we know that we’ve achieved something because these idiots that are in charge are now listening.”

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