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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  • Jay Clyne
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  • Justin Mackenzie
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  • Keith Jacobs
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    Keith Jacobs
  • Nizza Siano
    signed 2019-07-09 11:14:48 +1000
  • Lindsay Kruger
    signed 2019-07-09 11:14:45 +1000
    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.
  • Ron and Sibyl Hayton
    signed 2019-07-09 11:14:42 +1000
    Ron Hayton
  • Elizabeth Gossell
    signed 2019-07-09 11:14:35 +1000
    Shocking malfeasance by all levels of government MUST be addressed before we destroy this country and its rivers. Was millions of dead fish not enough to convince the authorities that their management has had disastrous impact?
  • Baljeet Degun
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  • Craig Blanchard
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  • Quentin Lang
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  • Tony Adami
    signed 2019-07-09 11:14:31 +1000
    As Andrew Sayer says, in his " Why We Can’t Afford the Rich", " Frankly, capitalism is incompatible with saving the planet".
  • Peter Pickering
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  • Ian Lowe
    signed 2019-07-09 11:14:27 +1000
    The waste of irrigation water in the Murray-Darling Basin is a scandal. It is doing needless damage to our most important inland river system.
  • Robert Dorning
    signed 2019-07-09 11:14:24 +1000