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1 // The Basin Plan numbers no longer represent actual water.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

  • Anne Sweet
    signed 2019-01-24 16:46:25 +1100
    A disgraceful misuse of precious resources.
  • Carl Dick
    signed 2019-01-24 16:21:40 +1100
    Time to take care of water for everyone
  • William Whitfield
    signed 2019-01-24 15:38:10 +1100
  • Mardi Free
    @FreeMardi68 tweeted link to this page. 2019-01-24 14:20:58 +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=295927
  • Mardi Free
    signed 2019-01-24 14:20:42 +1100
  • Jennifer Rae
    signed 2019-01-24 13:48:24 +1100
    Jennifer Rae
  • Tony Bates
    signed 2019-01-24 13:21:59 +1100
    Tony Bates
  • Marina Varda
    signed 2019-01-24 13:11:01 +1100
  • Gregory Esteve
    @gesteve tweeted link to this page. 2019-01-24 11:55:33 +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=299432
  • Gregory Esteve
    signed 2019-01-24 11:55:23 +1100
  • Juliette Norwood
    @Hildegardy tweeted link to this page. 2019-01-24 11:42:47 +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=203755
  • Juliette Norwood
    signed 2019-01-24 11:42:27 +1100
    Juliette Hughes Norwood
  • 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