A Fair Go for the Murray Darling Basin

The $13 billion Murray Darling Basin Plan is a transformational reform. It is a response to the over-extraction of the basin‘s water, which is causing irreversible damage to the Basin's environment and, ultimately, communities that rely on it. 

However, The Murray Darling Basin Plan is failing.

In the Australia Institute’s submission to the MDB Royal Commission, our research has found:

1 // The Basin Plan numbers no longer represent actual water. This manipulation will first affect taxpayers, but will ultimately adversely impact the property rights of all water licence holders, including those licences held for irrigation and the environment.

2 // The Plan has increased the flow of money to big agribusinesses and left everyone else behind, increasing the vulnerability of those who rely on the Basin for their livelihoods – native title holders, floodplain graziers, downstream communities and small irrigators.

3 // Millions in taxpayers money is being spent with no oversight. Despite millions of dollars of public money being used to fund ‘efficiency measures’ there seems to be no assessment of whether and how this work is carried out. In fact, the Commissioner suggested this would need to be referred to the Auditor General to investigate.


Add your name calling for a fair go for the Murray Darling >

Dear Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources --

precedent has been set for proper consultation and compensation for all stakeholders in the Lower Darling: the Barkandji native title holders, graziers, businesses and property owners, and small irrigators.

We need a fair go for everyone who relies on the Murray Darling Basin.

Will you sign?

  • Kai Dreyfus-Ballesi
    signed 2020-08-05 07:33:50 +1000
  • Rebecca Nind
    signed 2020-06-30 07:19:17 +1000
  • Kevin Hill
    signed 2020-06-06 17:03:20 +1000
  • Isabella Ramoi
    signed 2020-06-03 15:38:20 +1000
    Eat the rich! Fuck the Bourgeois Bastards!
  • Lisa Corsi
    signed 2020-04-09 17:25:14 +1000
    Outrageous behavior from so called government.
  • Kim Meers
    signed 2020-02-18 20:44:02 +1100
  • Karl Richardson
    signed 2020-02-07 11:46:05 +1100
    Australians have had enough of corruption!
  • David Smith
    signed 2020-01-28 12:58:09 +1100
  • Terry King
    signed 2020-01-13 14:57:51 +1100
    Why should a licence granted be bought back. If the water for human and animal consumption is not there then water is not there to be pumped over crops. This is Australians water not an agri-business right, it is a cost that the business should bare. No further buy backs of water licences.
  • Linda Shaw
    signed 2020-01-03 11:00:49 +1100
  • kathryn lai
    signed 2020-01-03 09:24:37 +1100
  • Peter Delgado
    signed 2019-12-18 14:39:50 +1100
  • todd korner
    signed 2019-12-11 22:56:50 +1100
    wake up. water is a natural resource that you are stealing from them and then selling it back at whatever price you choose
  • Tolga Yilmaz
    signed 2019-11-16 09:59:34 +1100
  • Robert Hazlewood
    signed 2019-11-12 22:11:09 +1100
  • Tony Batts
    signed 2019-10-31 10:57:52 +1100
  • Jean Cleaver
    signed 2019-10-29 09:18:54 +1100
  • Damien Coghlan
    signed 2019-10-29 06:57:54 +1100
  • Dawn T
    signed 2019-10-28 22:45:39 +1100
    The Basin plan as it stands clearly isn’t working and we desperately need to re-evaluate more equitable and sustainable options beyond big irrigators.
  • Warren Cartwright
    signed 2019-10-26 16:55:24 +1100
    Despite millions of dollars of public money being used to fund ‘efficiency measures’ absolutely nothing is being done!!

    What a huge Government fraud on all Australian taxpayers,

    every single politician should be ashamed of themselves.
  • Sarah Houston
    signed 2019-10-04 16:57:07 +1000
  • danny cleworth
    signed 2019-08-09 15:49:16 +1000
    danny cleworth
  • Peter Davies
    signed 2019-08-04 17:55:48 +1000
  • Louise Doran
    signed 2019-07-13 15:33:20 +1000
    $13 billion of taxpayers’ money to destroy our rivers!! Absolutely outrageous. The people responsible should go to gaol for life.
  • Oliver Polglase
    signed 2019-07-12 12:55:08 +1000
  • Gary Pollard
    signed 2019-06-19 11:00:05 +1000
  • Alistair Bain
    signed 2019-04-24 16:02:17 +1000