Barnaby Joyce says he was at arms length from $80m water buy back

"These so-called 'Watergate' allegations of misuse of public funds clearly demonstrate the need for the urgent adoption of a comprehensive National Integrity Commission with retrospective powers," Mr Blakester said in a joint statement.

Water fight: Barnaby Joyce says $80m buyback was at arms length

FORMER Water Minister and New England MP Barnaby Joyce has defended his role in a controversial $78.9 million water buyback. On Monday, Mr Joyce toldthe Leader he followed departmental advice in 2017 when signing off as minister on the negotiations for the water licences from two properties, but had no role in determining either the price or the vendor.