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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  • Matthew Van Steenbeek
    signed 2019-11-06 15:36:10 +1100
    Total disgrace
  • Vicky Suter
    signed 2019-11-06 15:00:08 +1100
  • Neville Rose
    signed 2019-11-06 14:26:20 +1100
    Someone is making a lot of money out of this and it is not the farmer

    Dose the government care (I wonder)
  • Janice Neagle
    signed 2019-11-06 14:22:46 +1100
    Let the Flow, Unblock the banks holding it back.
  • Veronica Reid
    signed 2019-11-06 13:02:40 +1100
  • Rod Rosenboom
    signed 2019-11-06 12:48:08 +1100
  • Declan Kelly
    signed 2019-11-06 11:52:31 +1100
  • Stephen Delahant
    signed 2019-11-06 10:06:04 +1100
  • Faye Donaldson
    signed 2019-11-06 08:37:53 +1100
  • Deborah Perrin
    signed 2019-11-06 08:36:01 +1100
  • Ron Golding
    signed 2019-11-06 07:38:14 +1100
  • Margaret Forbes
    signed 2019-11-06 07:15:32 +1100
  • Helen Loxley
    signed 2019-11-06 07:07:36 +1100
  • Michael Cain
    signed 2019-11-06 07:05:08 +1100
  • Kathy Collinson
    signed 2019-11-06 06:47:41 +1100
    Without water we will all perish
  • Donna Briggs
    signed 2019-11-05 23:39:37 +1100
  • Meredith Doddrell
    signed 2019-11-05 23:09:05 +1100
  • Andrea McColl
    signed 2019-11-05 22:44:06 +1100
  • Lisa Murray
    signed 2019-11-05 21:35:01 +1100
  • Reg Ward
    signed 2019-11-05 21:30:14 +1100
  • Alana Brennan
    signed 2019-11-05 20:21:09 +1100
    The only way forward is with a Royal Commission.
  • John Moore
    signed 2019-11-05 20:14:30 +1100
  • Faith McCallum
    signed 2019-11-05 18:03:45 +1100