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1 // The Basin Plan numbers no longer represent actual water.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

  • 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
  • Amanda Walton
    signed 2019-02-19 10:51:44 +1100
  • Peter Whyte
    signed 2019-02-19 09:33:47 +1100
  • Jennifer Reading
    signed 2019-02-19 08:09:29 +1100
  • Diane Sullivan
    signed 2019-02-19 06:01:57 +1100
    Greed, dirty greed. I just can’t believe it!
  • Bruce McQueen
    signed 2019-02-19 00:22:02 +1100
    Bruce McQueen
  • Iris Bergmann
    signed 2019-02-18 22:22:28 +1100
  • Robert Peddie
    signed 2019-02-18 20:50:23 +1100
  • Garry Fry
    signed 2019-02-18 18:35:04 +1100
    Garry Fry
  • Jacqueline Deacon
    signed 2019-02-18 17:56:09 +1100
    Jacqueline Bruce Deacon
  • Garry& Carroll
    signed 2019-02-18 17:51:33 +1100
    Garry& Lyn Carroll
  • Alan Stewart
    signed 2019-02-18 17:43:29 +1100
  • Marion Ferguson
    signed 2019-02-18 17:23:58 +1100
  • phil oneill
    signed 2019-02-18 16:20:01 +1100
  • Helen Hayden
    signed 2019-02-18 16:18:07 +1100
  • Peter Nash
    signed 2019-02-18 16:06:14 +1100
    Peter Robert Nash
  • Jen Powers
    signed 2019-02-18 16:01:53 +1100
    Millions of dollars of taxpayers money is being spent on the Murray Darling basin without any assessment of what is being done with the money.
  • Susan Kippax
    signed 2019-02-18 15:59:37 +1100
  • Geoff Simpson
    signed 2019-02-18 15:32:30 +1100
    Geoff Simpson
  • Bob Ramsden
    signed 2019-02-18 15:22:00 +1100
  • Ruth Kendall
    signed 2019-02-18 15:06:16 +1100