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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  • Tony Evers
    signed 2019-07-09 11:08:34 +1000
  • Norman Jackson
    signed 2019-07-09 11:08:34 +1000
  • Murray Holm
    signed 2019-07-09 11:08:34 +1000
    A royal commission must happen now
  • Howard Wildman
    signed 2019-07-09 11:08:33 +1000
  • Jenny Rae
    signed 2019-07-09 11:08:32 +1000
  • Kerri Huston
    signed 2019-07-09 11:08:32 +1000
  • Linda Gale
    signed 2019-07-09 11:08:32 +1000
  • Peter Christy
    signed 2019-07-09 11:08:32 +1000
  • Frank Pinto
    signed 2019-07-09 11:08:31 +1000
  • Mike Sill
    signed 2019-07-09 11:08:31 +1000
  • Georgina Simmons
    signed 2019-07-09 11:08:28 +1000
  • Anna Damiano
    signed 2019-07-09 11:08:23 +1000
  • Henry Irrgang
    signed 2019-07-09 11:08:21 +1000
  • Julia McCosker
    signed 2019-07-09 11:08:21 +1000
    Julia McCosker
  • Illya George
    signed 2019-07-09 11:08:21 +1000
  • Genevieve Kang
    signed 2019-07-09 11:08:20 +1000
  • Anne Davis
    signed 2019-07-09 11:08:17 +1000
  • Lynda Gardner
    signed 2019-07-09 11:08:17 +1000
  • Alan Wirth
    signed 2019-07-09 11:08:13 +1000
    Why did the federal government block its bureaucrats from giving evidence to SA’s Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission?
  • graeme .whittaker
    signed 2019-07-09 11:08:12 +1000
    The enabling bill was to ensure the flows necessary fir the environmental protection of the river system, thus enabling the region to sustain balanced use of the available water, not enrichen private enterprise at the public expense! The avoidance of SA RC by Federal bodies was a disgrace of public scrutiny.
  • Les Anderson
    signed 2019-07-09 11:08:10 +1000
  • John Stark
    signed 2019-07-09 11:08:07 +1000
    And they called the pink batts bad management
  • Andrew Heard
    signed 2019-07-09 11:08:01 +1000
  • colin edwards
    signed 2019-07-09 11:07:56 +1000
    Do this immediately. CRIMINALS to be outed
  • Di Granger
    signed 2019-07-09 11:07:50 +1000
    An appalling mis-use of tax payer money and absolute environmental vandalism. When will business become more conscious of environmental factors and farm product suited to water required. Get smart not greedy.
  • Anthony Wood
    signed 2019-07-09 11:07:47 +1000
  • Lyn Godfrey
    signed 2019-07-09 11:07:44 +1000
    Lyn Godfrey
  • Garry Roberts
    signed 2019-07-09 11:07:35 +1000
  • Jessica Robbins
    signed 2019-07-09 11:07:26 +1000