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1 // The Basin Plan numbers no longer represent actual water.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

  • Daniel O’Sullivan
    signed 2019-04-23 21:51:18 +1000
  • Peter Barnes
    signed 2019-04-23 16:23:16 +1000
  • darren connery
    signed 2019-04-23 15:58:41 +1000
  • John Shaw
    signed 2019-04-23 15:46:06 +1000
  • Rebecca Hammond
    signed 2019-04-13 18:04:34 +1000
    Rebecca Hammond
  • Edward Patching
    signed 2019-04-10 10:47:03 +1000
  • Christina Kiwat
    signed 2019-03-17 19:19:32 +1100
  • Maria Riedl
    signed 2019-03-14 19:02:48 +1100
    You are doing a fantastic job informing us with real information with regards the MDB and the Water Act and the MDB Plan!!! Thank you so much. Our politicians and vested interests don’t give a damn and are willing to ignore the science, ignore the realities of climate change and are most keen to denigrate anyone who dares to point this out to them! Again, thank you for trying your hardest in keeping the ‘bastards’ honest!

    Let’s hear it for science and the truth and rigorous monitoring and compliance laws regarding water metering and in fact monitoring inflows as they occur real time. Not just long-term averages and computer modelling!
  • Birdie Gurley
    signed 2019-03-08 14:47:53 +1100
  • Miranda Mills
    signed 2019-02-28 17:57:48 +1100
  • Trevor Shinnick
    signed 2019-02-24 11:59:48 +1100
  • Jeffrey Barker
    signed 2019-02-22 16:43:32 +1100
    Jeffrey Barker
  • Eddie & Jillian Le Sueur
    signed 2019-02-22 08:01:55 +1100
  • Melissa Gray
    signed 2019-02-20 18:29:06 +1100
  • Peta Thornton
    signed 2019-02-20 12:23:37 +1100
  • Brian Horne
    signed 2019-02-20 12:23:32 +1100
    Alison Correia
  • Richard Madigan
    signed 2019-02-20 08:09:37 +1100
  • Katya Nikolajuk
    signed 2019-02-20 07:19:28 +1100
    Fix this for environment and for Australian food production.
  • Barry Mitchell
    signed 2019-02-19 18:56:01 +1100
  • jack and michele miller
    signed 2019-02-19 15:33:02 +1100
  • John Mobbs
    signed 2019-02-19 12:33:17 +1100
  • Thomas Carey
    signed 2019-02-19 11:49:12 +1100
    A Privelege