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

BREAKING: 60 Minutes, with the help of Australia Institute research, has revealed that the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) caused ecological harm and reduced water to irrigators when it caused floods at the ‘Barmah choke’ and drained the Menindee Lakes.

Our report Southern Discomfort: water losses in the southern Murray Darling Basin exposed how, while everyone else in the Basin was dealing with drought, the MDBA created a flood and lost large volumes of water. The artificial flood from August to January was not for environmental purposes, in fact it caused environmental harm. The out of season flooding eroded banks and damaged the internationally significant Barmah-Millewa forest. This would not have happened if the MDBA had managed the river in line with its official objectives, which expressly prioritise water conservation and efficiency.

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 reports on dodgy major water purchases throughout the basin led to the #Watergate scandal revelations. 

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.

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  • Clairette Chambers
    signed 2019-11-19 22:02:21 +1100
  • Brayden Scott
    signed 2019-11-19 18:39:57 +1100
  • Dean Fry
    signed 2019-11-18 18:45:45 +1100
  • Luke Cleave
    signed 2019-11-17 19:50:46 +1100
  • John McCallum
    signed 2019-11-17 17:03:11 +1100
  • Michael Haynes
    signed 2019-11-16 18:52:21 +1100
    out of respect for Australians living along a now dry river system we need to have a thorough Royal commission into the handling of this natural resource and the use of MDBA $ 13 Billion dollars ( which incidently could have solved problems by out right purchase of Cubby thus total control )
  • Harpal Singh
    signed 2019-11-16 08:07:32 +1100
  • Trevor Johnstone
    signed 2019-11-15 21:55:54 +1100
  • Sue Reck
    signed 2019-11-15 14:14:41 +1100
  • Howard Lee
    signed 2019-11-15 12:18:50 +1100
  • Pier Tucker
    signed 2019-11-15 12:08:19 +1100
  • Michele Waterford
    signed 2019-11-15 09:50:19 +1100
  • Bill Robertson
    signed 2019-11-14 14:29:00 +1100
    The MDBA fails the transparency test and is not communicating adequately to all Australians about the vexed problem of water supply.
  • Clare Nesdale
    signed 2019-11-14 11:35:58 +1100
  • Dimitra Couis
    signed 2019-11-14 01:30:13 +1100
  • Jevan Hart
    signed 2019-11-12 19:58:50 +1100
    Along with the royal commission we need politicians to be held accountable and jailed for there part in this disgraceful actions on their part no one but farmers should own water along the river especially non land holders and investors from around the globe only when politicians are jailed will they do the right thing
  • Anne Harvey
    signed 2019-11-12 19:56:25 +1100
  • Anne Rich
    signed 2019-11-12 18:33:19 +1100
  • David McIlwain
    signed 2019-11-11 12:13:01 +1100
  • Anne Campbell
    signed 2019-11-10 22:19:04 +1100
  • Leonie Obrien
    signed 2019-11-10 15:55:23 +1100
  • Rebecca Phillips
    signed 2019-11-10 08:02:23 +1100
  • Glenn Breeding
    signed 2019-11-09 11:23:32 +1100
  • Mark Leone
    signed 2019-11-09 10:54:00 +1100