John Pettigrew, Bunbartha:
‘‘The current programs associated with on-farm water efficiency programs are based on flawed assumed water savings that favour water entitlement holders, both in the retained water savings and the price paid for water for the environment.
‘‘The most effective water use efficiency and productivity gains have resulted from COAG water reforms; the separation of land and water, water markets and carryover facilities.
‘‘Without these reforms many industries would not have survived the millennium drought.
‘‘I consider the current programs associated with returning water to the environment offer very poor returns to the Commonwealth and taxpayers.
‘‘The most efficient means of water recovery is the direct purchase of water entitlements followed by the targeted retirement of inefficient irrigation areas.’’