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1 // The Basin Plan numbers no longer represent actual water.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

  • Peter Whyte
    signed 2019-01-16 18:29:40 +1100
  • Ifeanns 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
  • Jamie Drake
    signed 2019-01-16 15:40:36 +1100
  • Marilyn Gavranovic
    signed 2019-01-16 15:10:12 +1100
    Like in the days of the Rum Corp, power corrupts. Joyce & mates need to pay
  • Maggie Watson
    signed 2019-01-16 13:24:14 +1100
  • Jon Dewar
    signed 2019-01-16 12:48:22 +1100
  • General Bone spurs
    signed 2019-01-16 12:36:51 +1100
  • Andrew McCarthy
    signed 2019-01-16 11:17:43 +1100
  • Teague Cullis
    signed 2019-01-16 10:54:08 +1100
  • Lucy Salt
    signed 2019-01-16 10:32:32 +1100
  • Andrew Bell
    signed 2019-01-16 10:20:49 +1100
  • 💧 Smudge 🙉🙈🙊💧
    @Tony_Harman tweeted link to this page. 2019-01-16 10:01:34 +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=296210
  • Tony Harman
    signed 2019-01-16 10:01:13 +1100
  • Geoffrey Heard
    signed 2019-01-16 10:00:04 +1100
  • Jacob O’Beirne
    signed 2019-01-16 09:58:06 +1100
  • Rani Lyons
    signed 2019-01-16 09:52:38 +1100
  • Linda Campbell
    signed 2019-01-16 09:50:45 +1100
  • Nigel Glassey
    signed 2019-01-16 09:39:44 +1100
  • Lindsay Holt
    signed 2019-01-16 09:37:21 +1100
  • Andy Baker
    signed 2019-01-16 09:33:53 +1100
    We urgently need a Royal Commission into these serious water mismanagement issues.
  • Beatrice Sinclair
    signed 2019-01-16 09:27:56 +1100
    Water is not a government assett to sell and barter for donations. Aboriginals know it’s value children understand it’s value politicians see water $$$$ from donors.
  • Peter Sweatman
    signed 2019-01-16 09:23:20 +1100
  • Ed Hunter
    signed 2019-01-16 09:21:56 +1100
  • Anne Heard
    signed 2019-01-16 09:21:25 +1100