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1 // The Basin Plan numbers no longer represent actual water.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

  • John Selwood
    signed 2019-01-24 11:17:23 +1100
  • Julie Mulhauser
    signed 2019-01-24 10:55:00 +1100
    Julie Mulhauser
  • Marian Saines
    signed 2019-01-24 10:38:54 +1100
  • Sarah Halls
    signed 2019-01-24 09:49:24 +1100
  • Zachary Wells
    signed 2019-01-24 09:41:30 +1100
  • Maureen McGinnis
    signed 2019-01-24 09:32:24 +1100
  • Tony Adams
    signed 2019-01-24 09:19:57 +1100
  • Marian Vessey
    signed 2019-01-23 09:48:53 +1100
  • Aidan Campbell
    signed 2019-01-22 21:57:25 +1100
  • James Breen
    signed 2019-01-21 19:27:51 +1100
  • Tia Crane
    signed 2019-01-20 22:39:17 +1100
    Just appalling.
  • Bob Newman
    signed 2019-01-20 20:22:42 +1100
  • Richard Stanford
    signed 2019-01-20 11:23:20 +1100
    Growing cotton in Australia should never have been allowed. We knew it would lead to disaster and now it has. For the sake of a wealthy few, all other legitimate businesses are now suffering.

    Ban cotton growing and save the Murray.
  • Amelia Brumpton
    signed 2019-01-19 14:11:30 +1100
  • Ana Smith
    signed 2019-01-18 22:55:42 +1100
  • Michael Gowty
    signed 2019-01-18 21:42:05 +1100
    Good on you,Ask those concerned,to Open the Dams that Prevent Water Flowing in Most of Rivers.Stupidity Prevails for a few Dollars for a Short time.Thanks again,intelligence Will Prevail..
  • Robert Clements
    signed 2019-01-18 16:33:16 +1100
  • Susan Hill
    signed 2019-01-18 14:37:37 +1100
  • Adam Bell
    signed 2019-01-18 13:45:31 +1100
  • Mishael Jay
    signed 2019-01-18 10:30:09 +1100
  • Andrea de Kauwe
    signed 2019-01-18 07:52:21 +1100
  • Ron Brisby
    signed 2019-01-18 07:47:11 +1100
    What sort of a govt do we have & what sort of a country have we become. Many should be jailed over this but I will exhale now.
  • Stuart Jones
    signed 2019-01-17 21:25:10 +1100
  • Won'tBSilent
    @RHethey tweeted link to this page. 2019-01-17 21:12:40 +1100
    Rowan Hethey, this maladministration needs exposure as does any criminality. The country has been failed. https://nb.tai.org.au/equity_in_the_murray_darling_basin?recruiter_id=288049
  • Rowan Hethey
    signed 2019-01-17 21:09:21 +1100
    This is a complete betrayal of the country. Maladministration needs exposure as does any criminality, as it appears has occurred.

    It is time to put this right.
  • Gai Anderson
    signed 2019-01-17 19:40:17 +1100
    Gai Anderson
  • Sherrin Caird
    signed 2019-01-17 17:38:37 +1100
    It is deplorable to see our rivers drying and our fish dying. Cotton crops use a lot of water and they are in a naturally dry country. That it’s thoughtless to allow this is an understatement! Australians are outraged and our governments MUST do something to stop this absurdness, or I fear masses will storm these crops taking the laws into their own hands in absolute desperation to improve our river system and normalise it again. It is only Australians that have to endure the consequences here, whilst the cotton growers sit in the comfort of their own countries, drinking water and watching their bank accounts grow, whilst many Australians are increasingly thirsty. Please I beg you to put our environment and your country’s people first.
  • catherine tenni
    signed 2019-01-17 16:52:00 +1100
    catherine tenni