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.