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1 // The Basin Plan numbers no longer represent actual water.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

  • paul wittwer
    signed 2019-01-24 17:46:06 +1100
  • Linda Tilley
    signed 2019-01-24 17:44:38 +1100
  • Dionne Devlin
    signed 2019-01-24 17:36:51 +1100
  • Julia Hardingham
    signed 2019-01-24 17:34:32 +1100
    Rivers before profits. Let’s value the environment.
  • Merilyn Phillips
    signed 2019-01-24 17:32:08 +1100
  • Maria Rafferton
    signed 2019-01-24 16:59:46 +1100
    Maria Rafferton
  • Anne Sweet
    signed 2019-01-24 16:46:25 +1100
    A disgraceful misuse of precious resources.
  • Graeme Dobson
    signed 2019-01-24 16:45:11 +1100
    Graeme Dobson, the gross mismanagement, corruption and in some cases theft will ultimately kill the towns downstream of the big irrigators in northern NSW and Queensland. The lack of fresh water flows will also kill off the lifestyles of the many people who live near the rivers in the Basin.
  • Shelley Martin
    signed 2019-01-24 16:24:39 +1100
  • Carl Dick
    signed 2019-01-24 16:21:40 +1100
    Time to take care of water for everyone
  • William Whitfield
    signed 2019-01-24 15:38:10 +1100
  • Mardi Free
    @FreeMardi68 tweeted link to this page. 2019-01-24 14:20:58 +1100
    Add your name & call for a fair go for the Murray Darling > https://nb.tai.org.au/equity_in_the_murray_darling_basin?recruiter_id=295927
  • Mardi Free
    signed 2019-01-24 14:20:42 +1100
  • Jennifer Rae
    signed 2019-01-24 13:48:24 +1100
    Jennifer Rae
  • Tony Bates
    signed 2019-01-24 13:21:59 +1100
    Tony Bates
  • Marina Varda
    signed 2019-01-24 13:11:01 +1100
  • Jennifer Reading
    signed 2019-01-24 13:08:58 +1100
    Its not just the people who need this change! It’s the River! it is a living, breathing part of us and it will die, it is dying! come on lets look after our beautiful Murray Darling Basin before its too late! Water is our most precious resource, without it nothing can grow, we are a dry country and need to protect our waterways, you must know this, the fish are dying, surely you have a brain that thinks, eyes that can see, ears that hear! I don’t understand how those of you in positions of power can be so short sighted This is a national emergency and needs addressing right now!!!
  • Gregory Esteve
    @gesteve tweeted link to this page. 2019-01-24 11:55:33 +1100
    Add your name & call for a fair go for the Murray Darling > https://nb.tai.org.au/equity_in_the_murray_darling_basin?recruiter_id=299432
  • Gregory Esteve
    signed 2019-01-24 11:55:23 +1100
  • Juliette Norwood
    @Hildegardy tweeted link to this page. 2019-01-24 11:42:47 +1100
    Add your name & call for a fair go for the Murray Darling > https://nb.tai.org.au/equity_in_the_murray_darling_basin?recruiter_id=203755
  • Juliette Norwood
    signed 2019-01-24 11:42:27 +1100
    Juliette Hughes Norwood
  • John Selwood
    signed 2019-01-24 11:17:23 +1100
  • Julie Mulhauser
    signed 2019-01-24 10:55:00 +1100
    Julie Mulhauser
  • Marian Saines
    signed 2019-01-24 10:38:54 +1100
  • Sarah Halls
    signed 2019-01-24 09:49:24 +1100
  • Zachary Wells
    signed 2019-01-24 09:41:30 +1100
  • Maureen McGinnis
    signed 2019-01-24 09:32:24 +1100
  • Tony Adams
    signed 2019-01-24 09:19:57 +1100
  • Suzanne Lowndes
    signed 2019-01-23 11:39:01 +1100
  • Marian Vessey
    signed 2019-01-23 09:48:53 +1100