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NSW Agriculture Minister launches scathing attack on his federal counterpart

In an unusual move, the NSW Agriculture Minister has slammed his federal counterpart for shifting the blame and failing to do anything to help drought-ravaged communities.

During a visit to Inverell, federal Drought Minister David Littleproud suggested the states could do more to tackle the drought, pushing them to contribute more to drought relief programs.

But NSW Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall says the comments are offensive and “infuriating”, launching a scathing attack on his Liberal Party colleague.

He tells Karl Stefanovic they should be working together rather than shifting the blame.

“I’ve had a gutful of him mouthing off all the time.

“He flies in on his big aeroplane out to regions like Inverell in my electorate, offers nothing, blames everyone, hops back on the plane and flies somewhere else.

“It’s my own electorate that he decided to do this in. Didn’t even bother picking up the phone, even though I was only an hour away, to let me know that he was coming.”

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Senior minister Barnaby Joyce also weighed in on the debate, defending the federal government.

“[The state government] have $4.16 billion that they received from the sale of Snowy Hydro to the federal government. Now that was regional water infrastructure which we hope is now going to be spent on regional water infrastructure.

“We don’t own the kitchen, they own the kitchen. We can’t renovate their kitchen.”

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David Littleproud image: Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images 

Adam Marshall image: Jason McCawley/Getty Images