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1 // The Basin Plan numbers no longer represent actual water.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

  • Kylie Jacques
    signed 2019-01-16 08:42:44 +1100
  • David Taylor
    signed 2019-01-16 08:15:08 +1100
  • Rosemary Nankivell
    signed 2019-01-16 08:07:36 +1100
  • Cammi Murrup-Stewart
    signed 2019-01-16 08:03:34 +1100
    Cammi Murrup-Stewart
  • Kerry Andrewartha
    signed 2019-01-16 08:01:42 +1100
  • Ross Hageman
    signed 2019-01-16 07:56:01 +1100
  • Michael Royal
    signed 2019-01-16 07:52:04 +1100
  • Annie Humphries
    @AnnieMOnline tweeted link to this page. 2019-01-16 07:48:36 +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=110473
  • Annie Humphries
    signed 2019-01-16 07:48:09 +1100
    Your work adds much to the dabte
  • Elisa Bone
    signed 2019-01-16 07:31:38 +1100
  • Garry McLeod
    signed 2019-01-16 06:54:59 +1100
    We need healthy rivers. Wake up and smell the coffee.
  • Cheryl Ross
    signed 2019-01-16 06:54:31 +1100
  • Riki Bowler
    signed 2019-01-16 06:52:42 +1100
  • Dan Rogers
    signed 2019-01-16 06:48:14 +1100
  • Murray Hopkins
    signed 2019-01-16 06:32:51 +1100
  • Rebecca Oyomopito
    signed 2019-01-16 06:13:54 +1100
  • Jacqueline Wiley
    signed 2019-01-16 02:16:41 +1100
  • Cheryl Browne
    signed 2019-01-16 01:12:39 +1100
    Cheryl Browne
  • Susan Cooke
    signed 2019-01-15 23:57:15 +1100
  • Maria Bradley
    signed 2019-01-15 23:39:24 +1100
  • Sherry Watson
    signed 2019-01-15 23:34:28 +1100
    Sherry Watson
  • Denise OBrien
    signed 2019-01-15 23:31:41 +1100
  • Nick May
    signed 2019-01-15 23:17:08 +1100
  • Paul Bateman
    signed 2019-01-15 23:15:06 +1100
    This is a symptom of the much worse problem of systemic corruption in Government. Fixing the Murray Darling Basin would only ever be a temporary win, The cause needs addressing for lasting Australia wide benefits.
  • Dott Bardell
    signed 2019-01-15 23:02:10 +1100
  • Liam Ryan
    signed 2019-01-15 22:58:58 +1100
  • Nick Maconachie
    signed 2019-01-15 22:47:53 +1100
  • Alice Kelly
    signed 2019-01-15 22:28:27 +1100
    A Full Royal Commission is called for.
  • Christopher White
    signed 2019-01-15 22:27:24 +1100