We need a Royal Commission into the management of the Murray Darling Basin now

BREAKING: Four Corners, with the help of Australia Institute research, has revealed that Australian taxpayers have given tens of million to a major agribusiness to expand cotton and nut cropping in the Murray-Darling Basin under the guise of an environmental scheme aimed at water recovery.

The water efficiency program was supposed to reduce the amount of water used for irrigation, and improve the state of the Basin’s rivers, but has achieved the opposite.  

In fact, our research has shown a long history of suboptimal and suspect decisions, and downright dubious policymaking. Big business is consistently winning in the Murray-Darling, at the expense of smaller farmers, communities and the environment.

Our report I’ll Have What They’re Having exposed separate multi-million dollar deals with the same business, Webster Ltd, while our reports on dodgy major water purchases throughout the basin led to the #Watergate scandal revelations. The Australia Institute does not suggest any illegality by Webster Ltd.

Taxpayers are paying billions to help the Murray Darling, but there is little transparency around how taxpayer money is spent. Corporations make huge profits on deals with Government, yet communities have no drinking water, the Darling River is dry, and huge amounts of water have been wasted in the Murray.

Add your name to the call to stop the mismanagement and maladministration of the Murray Darling Basin Plan. We need a Royal Commission now.

To our Political Leaders


The systemic mismanagement and maladministration of the Murray Darling Basin Plan needs to stop. Australia’s water resources need to be managed in the public interest, not for the benefit of corporations and lobbyists.


We need a Royal Commission into the management of our greatest rivers.

13,882 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Alice Long
    signed 2019-08-18 18:48:56 +1000
  • John Venezia
    signed 2019-08-18 16:30:22 +1000
  • V. George Dr. Venturini
    signed 2019-08-18 12:43:20 +1000
  • Ian Rose
    signed 2019-08-18 08:46:56 +1000
    I want to see the water thieves prosecuted. And the NSW and Federal governments investigated by a

    Royal Commission.
  • Jordan Rundle
    signed 2019-08-16 23:02:17 +1000
  • Lainie Gee
    signed 2019-08-16 22:30:18 +1000
    The demise of the Darling Baarka River and consequently the over use of the Murray River needs to be urgently investigated.
  • Robert Anderson
    signed 2019-08-16 21:35:05 +1000
  • Ken Cumming
    signed 2019-08-16 20:45:03 +1000
  • Stanley Middleton
    signed 2019-08-16 20:02:01 +1000
  • Mike Griffen
    signed 2019-08-16 18:32:14 +1000
  • Colin Ball
    signed 2019-08-16 15:57:58 +1000
  • Tuesday Browell
    signed 2019-08-16 15:41:56 +1000
  • Andrew Murray
    signed 2019-08-16 14:07:12 +1000
  • Lyn Muller
    signed 2019-08-16 10:07:18 +1000
  • Diane Metcalfe
    signed 2019-08-16 09:53:10 +1000
  • Julie Primmer
    signed 2019-08-16 08:33:04 +1000
  • Stuart Heffer
    signed 2019-08-15 22:52:23 +1000
    Murrumbidgee Irrigation should be a focus
  • Joanne Wallace
    signed 2019-08-15 22:18:15 +1000
  • Sue Grant
    signed 2019-08-15 21:00:23 +1000
  • James (Rev) Houston OAM
    signed 2019-08-15 20:46:47 +1000
  • Bob Fischer
    signed 2019-08-15 18:35:13 +1000
  • Brian Eddy
    signed 2019-08-15 17:37:54 +1000
    Biggest disgrace in any governments history, the methodical destruction of a natural resource to the ships and Australia’s economy .
  • Jacquie Kelly
    signed 2019-08-15 17:32:39 +1000
    Thank you. Things look so very bad for rivers. It is shattering for those who love rivers, wetlands and the Murray Darling wildlife. Not to mention the quality of life for river people.
  • Chris Rawlins
    signed 2019-08-15 17:20:42 +1000
    We will not let this be swept under the mat until a Federal Royal Commission has done it’s job.

    Stop corruption Now.
  • Richard Willoughby
    signed 2019-08-15 16:52:02 +1000
  • Elizabeth Tregenza
    signed 2019-08-15 15:36:41 +1000
  • Nathan Booth
    signed 2019-08-14 20:02:45 +1000
  • Glenn Bryant
    signed 2019-08-13 21:39:23 +1000
    I support the royal commision into the distruction on the Murry Darling Basin plan.