Australian Deputy Prime Minister is severely criticized for going to a festival instead of visiting the communities suffered from the fish kill catastrophe. Almost 1.4 tons of dead fish were removed out of the Darling River recently.

In a hot interview Mr McCormack was blaming the prolonged effects of drought in the disaster.

McCormack, who tried to limit the water returning to the environment even more  in the 2012 Murray-Darling Basin plan, calling it an “assault on regional Australia”, and had earlier tried to explain the mass deaths by ‘it was not enough rain’, told reporters “we are all experts in hindsight” when he was asked directly if the river could have been managed in a better way.

Deputy PM and Nationals leader Michael McCormack said the government is doing ‘everything we can to address the Murray-Darling fish kill ‘crisis’.