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1 // The Basin Plan numbers no longer represent actual water.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

  • Mary Ann Kennedy
    signed 2019-02-08 17:30:59 +1100
    My main concern is our Rivers the Barwon and Namoi Rivers, Walgett is located where both Rivers meet and now both are totally dry. For years the Community relied on our Rivers for drinking and domestic use and the Walgett Shire Council are forced to use Bore water but having high levels of Sodium which the Community refuses to drink because it’s unhealthy and we need our Rivers to flow again, without ckean water our town will never survive.
  • Jodie McBride
    signed 2019-02-08 01:51:39 +1100
    Please save our gamilaroi/ gamillarayy arteries. What we sustained for centuries, greed and corruption has killed in decades.

    Water is life
  • Anthony Coe
    signed 2019-02-07 23:02:32 +1100
  • Anita Weldon
    signed 2019-02-07 21:42:40 +1100
  • Lani Hudson
    signed 2019-02-07 21:40:21 +1100
  • Leilani Wilmott
    signed 2019-02-07 20:04:33 +1100
  • Denise Koszek
    signed 2019-02-07 19:05:37 +1100
    Denise Koszek
  • Raymond Behr
    signed 2019-02-03 21:59:34 +1100
  • Leigh Martin
    signed 2019-02-03 19:22:12 +1100
  • Louise Sweeney
    signed 2019-02-03 17:04:15 +1100
  • Kate Carruthers
    signed 2019-02-03 10:12:43 +1100
  • greg simes
    signed 2019-02-02 22:54:37 +1100
  • Amy Wilson
    signed 2019-02-02 18:50:12 +1100
  • Joy Davies
    signed 2019-02-02 17:40:07 +1100
  • angela Sands
    signed 2019-02-02 15:55:53 +1100
  • Liz Murray
    signed 2019-02-02 09:38:01 +1100
  • Joanne Villani
    signed 2019-02-01 22:40:40 +1100
  • John Charles
    signed 2019-02-01 21:23:06 +1100
  • James Barrie
    signed 2019-02-01 19:28:35 +1100
    james barrie
  • Reginald Dodson
    signed 2019-02-01 18:44:20 +1100
    Reginald Dodson
  • J Morgan
    signed 2019-02-01 12:09:39 +1100
  • J G
    signed 2019-02-01 10:10:20 +1100
  • Paula Ross
    signed 2019-01-31 21:43:28 +1100
    Happy to sign and support an investigation into this mismanagement and corruption
  • Rebecca Duncan
    signed 2019-01-31 16:07:37 +1100
  • Rusty Nannup
    signed 2019-01-31 13:43:26 +1100
    we’ve been led by a lying state and federal politicians in Canberra they forget we are their employees we also pay taxes we also get dictate to without asking us for an import on what concerns us? you don’t know what we want because you lot are afraid of what we say and think?
  • James Ladwig
    signed 2019-01-31 12:21:22 +1100
  • Andrew Aitken
    signed 2019-01-31 11:24:47 +1100
  • Irene Wishart
    signed 2019-01-31 11:03:41 +1100
    Irene Wishart
  • Graham Masters
    signed 2019-01-31 09:03:27 +1100