Rivers in the Murray-Darling Basin have been in decline since 2000 © David Gray/Getty Images
Rivers in the Murray-Darling Basin have been in decline since 2000 © David Gray/Getty Images

Government spent $190m on water without open tender

20 July 2020

Australia’s federal government spent $190m on water without holding an open tender or developing a framework to maximise value for money, an audit has found.

Acting auditor general Rona Mellor said the then Department of Agriculture (DoA) did not negotiate on price except in one purchase, where it made just one counter offer.

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