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1 // The Basin Plan numbers no longer represent actual water.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

  • Benjamin Wragg
    signed 2019-01-27 07:13:09 +1100
  • Rachel Reynolds
    signed 2019-01-26 16:55:34 +1100
    Rachel Reynolds
  • sean quinn
    signed 2019-01-26 12:45:42 +1100
  • Sarah Chapman
    signed 2019-01-26 10:57:00 +1100
  • Lee McManus
    signed 2019-01-25 18:22:34 +1100
  • Fiona Nash
    signed 2019-01-25 17:37:50 +1100
  • Amelia Hatch
    signed 2019-01-25 16:54:58 +1100
  • Zoe Emmitt
    signed 2019-01-25 15:08:51 +1100
  • Swetik Korzeniewski
    signed 2019-01-25 13:56:53 +1100
  • Margaret Hilder
    signed 2019-01-25 13:33:16 +1100
  • Leonie Williams
    @leonie_lw54 tweeted link to this page. 2019-01-25 13:22:13 +1100
    Add your name & call for a fair go for the Murray Darling > https://nb.tai.org.au/equity_in_the_murray_darling_basin?recruiter_id=152306
  • Leonie Williams
    signed 2019-01-25 13:21:46 +1100
    This government obviously cares little for the future of their own children and grandchildren, why would we think they would care about ours. Abhorrent behaviour from corrupt individuals!
  • Taylah Thomas
    signed 2019-01-25 12:51:25 +1100
  • margaret schmidt
    signed 2019-01-25 11:26:12 +1100
  • Shaun Madden
    signed 2019-01-25 10:57:16 +1100
    Shaun Madden
  • Neil Hogan
    signed 2019-01-25 09:54:40 +1100
  • Gaye Welford
    signed 2019-01-25 09:35:18 +1100
    Gaye Welford
  • Vanessa Watkins
    signed 2019-01-25 09:05:27 +1100
  • Chris Pulsford
    signed 2019-01-25 06:46:22 +1100
  • Juniper Shaw
    signed 2019-01-25 03:57:46 +1100
    disgraceful
  • Doug Fehring
    signed 2019-01-25 03:51:39 +1100
    Doug Fehring
  • Ellen Booth
    signed 2019-01-25 01:27:35 +1100
  • Will Vankalken
    signed 2019-01-24 23:39:49 +1100
  • John Molloy
    signed 2019-01-24 22:47:08 +1100
  • Jenny Gay
    signed 2019-01-24 22:41:08 +1100
  • Mary-Jayne House
    signed 2019-01-24 22:38:01 +1100
  • Susan Pinnock
    signed 2019-01-24 21:57:49 +1100
    Our ecosystems are precious. They are inter related, for example along the Murray/Darling. When mismanagement occurs upstream , downstream feels the full effects. A proper scientific analysis of the current situation is called for, but as usual the Govt is caught on the wrong foot. Leadership is totally lacking and concern for all Australians who live along and depend on these river systems is sadly dismissed.
  • Mario Blitzman
    signed 2019-01-24 20:51:17 +1100
    Mario Blitzman
  • Janet Moore
    signed 2019-01-24 20:20:23 +1100
  • Anthonia Stanley
    signed 2019-01-24 19:22:59 +1100