Cootamundra MP Katrina Hodgkinson has fired back at allegations of wrongdoing when she was water minister.
There have been allegations levelled at Ms Hodgkinson that she changed laws to benefit irrigators.
The Nationals MP made a shock announcement last week that she was retiring and social media has been alight with allegations it was due to a scandal.
The Daily Telegraph said they obtained a 2012 letter to lobbyist and cotton farmer Ian Cole showing Ms Hodgkinson had requested amendments be made to the water sharing plan.
Ms Hodgkinson wrote to Mr Cole: “Following consideration of a number of WSP (water sharing plan) matter raised with me, I requested the Office of Water to make several amendments which I believe now present a fair and equitable outcome for all.”
Ms Hodgkinson said she stands by her record as a member of parliament and her retirement was not due to any scandal.
"There is nothing sinister, no scandal, I have been thinking about my future for a little while, and I’ve been reflecting on what I’ve achieved in State Parliament, what I am likely to achieve in the future, and I decided to retire,” she said.
I am confident I got the best deal possible for NSW as a result of those tough negotiations, and I stand by my recordKatrina Hodgkinson
“The Murray Darling Basin Plan was a complex negotiation exercise, involving four states, all of whom had their own interests front of mind. I am confident I got the best deal possible for NSW as a result of those tough negotiations, and I stand by my record.”
Ms Hodgkinson said the NSW Government was determined to take a triple bottom line approach between environmental, social and economic perspectives prior to signing off on the plan.
“I inherited a one-dimensional plan from Labor as the incoming Minister,” she said.
“I also inherited into my portfolio the very grave concerns of affected regional communities, particularly in Western NSW. I am proud of my record as a minister.”