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1 // The Basin Plan numbers no longer represent actual water.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?

  • Jenelle Sullivan
    signed 2018-11-11 09:57:26 +1100
    This is so wrong! The small holders have been Sold out!!
  • Colin Egan
    signed 2018-11-09 08:34:50 +1100
  • Elaine Green
    signed 2018-11-09 08:26:04 +1100
    Stop Cubby Station from stealing water.
  • Jennie Minifie
    @up_possums tweeted link to this page. 2018-11-07 20:17:32 +1100
    Please sign to save our Murray Darling Basin for future Australians. It is now or never. https://nb.tai.org.au/equity_in_the_murray_darling_basin?recruiter_id=169200
  • Jennie Minifie
    signed 2018-11-07 20:14:04 +1100
    It is hard to believe that our governments could disregard the significance of the MDB and favour the well financed corporations who have a short term goal to maximise $$$$, over the communities and towns downstream. A long term vision is beyond our current MPs and they must be replaced.
  • Mark Curran
    signed 2018-11-07 17:14:14 +1100
  • Donald Barnes
    signed 2018-11-07 14:48:52 +1100
  • Amy Pollard
    signed 2018-11-07 09:15:35 +1100
  • stefan pettge
    signed 2018-11-06 22:23:45 +1100
    Why cant we have nice things. stop the cotton con.
  • Judyanne Kent
    signed 2018-11-06 20:27:01 +1100
    This is corruption at a very high level!
  • Valerie Clews
    signed 2018-11-06 18:05:29 +1100
  • David Leigh
    signed 2018-11-06 17:32:48 +1100
  • Caroline Reid
    signed 2018-11-06 17:28:51 +1100
    Get the National

    party and agribiz irrigators out of controlling the Murray Darling
  • Paul Smith
    signed 2018-11-06 12:42:11 +1100
  • Beverley Barrington
    signed 2018-11-06 11:17:02 +1100
    Our water is liquid gold but has diminished through mining
  • Debra Algate
    signed 2018-11-06 10:03:37 +1100
  • Stephen Brown
    signed 2018-11-06 09:00:25 +1100
    Shame on the government for allowing this to happen. Cotton farming is killing the eco system on this river. Perhaps they need to comply with the Water Management Plans that they have written and signed off on.
  • Sue James
    signed 2018-11-06 06:59:03 +1100
    Unfortunately in this argument people always seem to leave out the birds and animals that rely on a healthy river system too!
  • kingsley allen
    @kingsleyallen12 tweeted link to this page. 2018-11-06 00:17:23 +1100
    Add your name & call for a fair go for the Murray Darling >Kingsley Allen - A fair share and a fair go is a no-brainer surely. https://nb.tai.org.au/equity_in_the_murray_darling_basin?recruiter_id=292157
  • Kingsley Allen
    signed 2018-11-06 00:15:39 +1100
    Fair flows of water and fair sharing of it is surely a no-brainer
  • Alison McCarthy
    signed 2018-11-05 23:34:43 +1100
  • Peter de Tarczynski
    signed 2018-11-05 21:35:32 +1100
  • Kaelah Gasperotti
    signed 2018-11-05 21:01:27 +1100
  • Max Arney
    signed 2018-11-05 18:07:10 +1100
    MDBC should be given advisory control of Murray Darling Basin management to avoid current loose control and mismanagement over the water resource and overuse. Illegal water takers need to be prosecuted to help with the sustainability of the resource.
  • sofie lemaire
    signed 2018-11-05 17:57:02 +1100
    Sofie lemaire
  • Pamela Knobbs
    signed 2018-11-05 12:32:50 +1100
    Pamela Knobbs
  • Jobee Warde
    signed 2018-11-05 12:07:13 +1100
  • Pam Williams
    signed 2018-11-05 11:49:10 +1100
  • Rosemary Rick
    signed 2018-11-05 11:29:44 +1100
    Rosemary Rick
  • Fiona Thiele
    signed 2018-11-05 11:17:58 +1100