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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  • Janette McInnes
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  • Liam Higgins
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  • Annie Boutland
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    What’s happening is digusting. Why am I paying for irrigation infrastructure that means more water is being extracted from the rivers?
  • Sharon Gray
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  • Lachlan Whan
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  • Jonathan Watcham
    signed 2019-07-08 21:15:55 +1000
    I demand a Royal Commission into the Murray Darling Basin asap!
  • Jim Tracey
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  • Kim Hillard
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    Kim Hillard
  • Maureena Searson
    signed 2019-07-08 21:15:34 +1000
    I’m disgusted at this fraudulent scheme. Thank you for this petition. Those MPs responsible MUST be held to account for their greed and incompetence. We should be marching on the streets!
  • Meryl Herman
    signed 2019-07-08 21:15:33 +1000
    Appalling waste of taxpayers money
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    we sure do
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