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1 // The Basin Plan numbers no longer represent actual water.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

  • 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
  • Ray Wiblen
    signed 2019-01-31 07:22:54 +1100
  • Philip Prior
    signed 2019-01-30 23:27:08 +1100
    Philip Prior
  • Graeme Dobson
    signed 2019-01-30 23:27:08 +1100
    Disgraceful!
  • Gail Mottram
    signed 2019-01-30 23:26:06 +1100
  • Tyler Brusamarello
    signed 2019-01-30 22:21:25 +1100
  • Rod Knight
    signed 2019-01-30 22:06:29 +1100
  • Patricia Bartholomew
    signed 2019-01-30 21:29:25 +1100
  • Stephen Ritchie
    signed 2019-01-30 21:22:13 +1100
  • Pat Saunders
    signed 2019-01-30 21:17:36 +1100
    Pat Saunders
  • Roy Simt
    signed 2019-01-30 20:40:32 +1100
  • Robyn Laurie
    signed 2019-01-30 20:35:06 +1100
  • Nicholas Dichiera
    signed 2019-01-30 20:13:35 +1100
    Australia is a beautiful country and I wanna see it as one still in 20 years.