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Greens join Labor on drought fund concerns

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale says the federal government's drought fund will just funnel money to the National party's "big corporate irrigator mates".

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale has raised concerns about the Morrison government's multi-billion dollar drought fund, warning it will funnel money to its "big corporate irrigator mates".

The $3.9 billion Future Drought Fund for drought-proofing projects it set to be re-introduced to parliament on Monday, the first day of the first full sitting fortnight since the federal election.

The fund has already been knocked down once by Labor, which takes issue with the government's plan to fund it from an existing infrastructure kitty.

"Our concern is that what you're doing is giving $100 million to the National Party so they can funnel money into their big corporate irrigator mates," Senator Di Natale told ABC's Insiders program on Sunday.

"They've made a mess of the Murray-Darling, and this law basically puts absolute power in the hands of the water minister, so that they can funnel money into a whole range of their pet projects."

He said if the government was really serious about addressing drought, then it has to deal with climate change.

"You don't fix what is going to be a long-term problem of more severe, more frequent drought, unless you tackle the central cause, and that is the breakdown of our climate," he said.

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