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1 // The Basin Plan numbers no longer represent actual water.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

  • 💧Jennifer Meyer-Smith💧
    signed 2019-01-17 10:09:10 +1100
    Federal ICAC now for every public official both politician and bureaucrat who has had any part in the dirty dealings around Murray Darling water theft and environmental abuse.
  • Andrea Flory
    signed 2019-01-17 09:46:31 +1100
    In Australia, water is gold…and it’s being stolen by corrupt businesses, officials and politicians at the highest levels of State and Federal politics. This corruption has to stop.
  • Miriam Adams-Schimminger
    signed 2019-01-17 09:35:43 +1100
    Miriam Adams-Schimminger
  • Sam de Silva
    signed 2019-01-17 09:28:25 +1100
    Sam de Silva
  • L Takdare
    signed 2019-01-17 09:18:46 +1100
  • Valerie Kennedy
    signed 2019-01-17 09:06:49 +1100
  • Daniel Nugent
    signed 2019-01-17 08:30:48 +1100
  • Bryony Fearn
    signed 2019-01-17 07:54:33 +1100
    Barnaby Joyce has his name all over this. His denials and lying are unforgivable.

    We won’t suck it up after all the BS he’s on record for doing & saying. We won’t.
  • Bryony Fearn
    signed 2019-01-17 07:54:33 +1100
    Barnaby Joyce has his name all over this. His denials and lying are unforgivable.

    We won’t suck it up after all the BS he’s on record for doing & saying. We won’t.
  • Nicole McKay
    signed 2019-01-17 00:20:59 +1100
  • Angel Ioannou
    signed 2019-01-16 23:49:43 +1100
  • Tanya Farnell
    signed 2019-01-16 23:17:49 +1100
  • Tim Moore
    signed 2019-01-16 23:13:30 +1100
  • Russell Yann
    signed 2019-01-16 22:05:46 +1100
    Russell Yann
  • Brendan Delaney
    signed 2019-01-16 21:34:19 +1100
    Our Governments must be honest with the Australian public.
  • Nicholas Higgins
    signed 2019-01-16 20:27:47 +1100
  • Sandra Joicey
    signed 2019-01-16 19:08:07 +1100
    Sandra Joicey
  • Roger Hjorleifson
    signed 2019-01-16 19:02:53 +1100
    Roger Hjorleifson
  • drew reale
    signed 2019-01-16 18:59:22 +1100
  • Amanda Lehmann
    signed 2019-01-16 18:33:11 +1100
  • Peter Whyte
    signed 2019-01-16 18:29:40 +1100
  • Ifeanna Tooth
    signed 2019-01-16 18:19:14 +1100
    We need to protect our natural waterways and their flows. It has been proven that water is being over allocated and illegally obtained from our waterways, proving that the current system is not working and more needs to be spent on compliance and research. If the system collapses there will not be water even for irrigation and our farming enterprises will collapse.
  • Sera Tarpis
    signed 2019-01-16 16:41:18 +1100
    Sera Tarpis
  • Drew Tait
    signed 2019-01-16 16:35:01 +1100
  • Peter Welch
    signed 2019-01-16 16:34:48 +1100
    Peter Welch
  • Ryan Ginger
    signed 2019-01-16 16:12:36 +1100
  • Natalia Harvey
    signed 2019-01-16 15:40:46 +1100