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1 // The Basin Plan numbers no longer represent actual water.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

  • Anne Carlin
    signed 2019-01-15 20:50:59 +1100
    Anne Carlin
  • Janet Petroff
    signed 2019-01-15 20:37:03 +1100
  • Ben Golding
    signed 2019-01-15 20:36:41 +1100
  • Sue Hurwood
    signed 2019-01-15 20:32:43 +1100
    i am truly appalled by all the news about the illegal actions taken by big agribusinesses and Barnaby Joyce et al and their mates. jail time is needed and massive fines. country people need to vote out the National Party and start again with people who care about the people who live in and rely on the country.
  • Leah Cotterell
    signed 2019-01-15 20:25:54 +1100
  • Bernd Lotz
    signed 2019-01-15 20:22:21 +1100
  • Darryl Fitzgerald
    signed 2019-01-15 20:21:37 +1100
  • John Baker
    signed 2019-01-15 20:18:50 +1100
  • Peter Hill
    signed 2019-01-15 20:12:04 +1100
  • Linzy Anders
    signed 2019-01-15 20:00:29 +1100
  • Philip Rees
    signed 2019-01-15 19:54:18 +1100
    Appalled and disgusted with the politicking that has gone on with our precious water resources for years. This continued abuse is inexcusable.
  • Peter Campbell
    signed 2019-01-15 19:52:42 +1100
    The Murray Darling must be protected and political corruption dealt with.
  • Pauline Carr
    signed 2019-01-15 19:49:09 +1100
    I’m profoundly affected Unmetered water stolen Mudgee thru my priv pipeworks for mines LG Dvlps Fraud surveys to try take my riverfrontage land Water licence illegally traded without my permission
  • Belinda Hunt
    signed 2019-01-15 19:42:42 +1100
  • Ona Winter-Irving
    signed 2019-01-15 19:38:20 +1100
  • nige steele
    signed 2019-01-15 19:27:35 +1100
    Such greed & abuse of other country Australians & the willful destruction of the environment. I am so angry I want those responsible to do significant gaol time
  • Cindy Davey
    signed 2019-01-15 19:27:02 +1100
    People must be held accountable. Australia needs to know who is responsible for the tragedy, especially the loss of life to fish and wildlife.
  • Fionnuala Sheehan
    signed 2019-01-15 19:24:31 +1100
    Fionnuala Sheehan
  • Jason Young
    signed 2019-01-15 19:22:09 +1100
    Jason W Young
  • Matt Kendall
    signed 2019-01-15 19:20:15 +1100
  • R Adams
    signed 2019-01-15 19:17:35 +1100
  • Adam Montroy
    signed 2019-01-15 19:15:58 +1100
  • Chris Paine
    signed 2019-01-15 19:15:03 +1100
  • Michael Nugent
    signed 2019-01-15 19:12:15 +1100
  • Peter Berry
    signed 2019-01-15 19:10:13 +1100
  • Daryl Gibson
    signed 2019-01-15 19:04:43 +1100
    Daryl Max Gibson
  • Carmel Nunan
    signed 2019-01-15 19:01:23 +1100
    Carmel Nunan
  • 100% good opinions
    signed 2019-01-15 18:56:05 +1100
  • Amelia Galbraith
    signed 2019-01-15 18:54:16 +1100
  • Chris Holden
    signed 2019-01-15 18:49:49 +1100