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.

14,233 signatures

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  • Joy Grinham
    signed 2019-10-17 18:46:13 +1100
  • Aaron Mannix
    signed 2019-10-17 15:31:40 +1100
  • Tyson Parker
    signed 2019-10-15 14:59:10 +1100
  • Ted Kramer
    signed 2019-10-15 02:55:53 +1100
    Environmental flows = dead fish being recovered from our rivers.

    Water efficiency = I have the water and am using it efficiently.

    Drought = we do not have enough dams in the upstream areas??

    Urban areas running out of water = an efficient water saving technique

    Murray Darling Basin Plan .= what happened to the water? You can’t plan its use if you do not have any!
  • Rob Fraser
    signed 2019-10-14 07:08:11 +1100
  • Jean Thomson
    signed 2019-10-12 10:25:16 +1100
  • Joe Miles
    signed 2019-10-07 22:23:22 +1100
  • Roy Jackson
    signed 2019-10-05 07:26:46 +1000
  • Ted Carter
    signed 2019-10-05 05:55:53 +1000
  • Imogen Gay
    signed 2019-09-28 14:59:17 +1000
  • Maxine Broughton
    signed 2019-09-27 12:25:02 +1000
  • Kaye Mill
    signed 2019-09-26 13:40:16 +1000
  • Jennifer Ayre
    signed 2019-09-20 11:04:52 +1000
  • amanda bransgrove
    signed 2019-09-15 21:58:48 +1000
  • Anne Pender
    signed 2019-09-15 18:08:26 +1000
  • Vanessa Milligan
    signed 2019-09-12 13:43:56 +1000
  • Thomas Driftwood
    signed 2019-09-12 13:27:51 +1000
  • Eva Guyer
    signed 2019-09-12 11:21:50 +1000