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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  • Valerie Wills
    signed 2019-11-02 22:48:47 +1100
  • Dennis Soppa
    signed 2019-11-02 22:44:19 +1100
  • Maryanne Brewer
    signed 2019-11-02 22:33:21 +1100
    We need a People Power Political Party
  • Kaz Spence
    signed 2019-11-02 22:33:07 +1100
    Fix it !! Sack the political parties and let real people lead
  • Annette Hollingsworth
    signed 2019-11-02 22:17:48 +1100
    Our community is suffering & being decimated as a direct result of the gross mismanagement of our most precious resource, water. Local knowledge & real, actual facts are ignored over faslefied/artificially created modeling sho called “science”. The Murray bank’s are eroding away by meters due to the flows sent down the river to SA. Our Bush is dying due to the artificial out of strain flooding, the trees are dying, they are water logged, the animals are dying agonizing deaths, trapped in the flood waters. The flora is drowned & creating black water which will result in the exact same events of recent years & kill the fish & crays. This madness has to stop! Those responsible must be held accountable for this environmental vandalism, the damage done cannot be repaired/undone. There is no science or evidence for this criminal damage to environment & livelihoods.
  • Janet Millman
    signed 2019-11-02 22:14:13 +1100
  • Judith Leadbeater
    signed 2019-11-02 22:12:12 +1100
  • Susan Baust
    signed 2019-11-02 22:06:54 +1100
  • Tracy Brown
    signed 2019-11-02 22:06:07 +1100
  • Christeena Lawrence
    signed 2019-11-02 22:00:04 +1100
    I am sick of the ordinary Australian haven’t do without for politicians and their wealth for the gains of big companies ,this river is a life line that is being destroyed
  • Juliet Comyns
    signed 2019-11-02 21:59:12 +1100
  • Cindy Eiritz
    signed 2019-11-02 21:50:24 +1100
  • Sarah Reid
    signed 2019-11-02 21:48:52 +1100
  • Dianne Lockley
    signed 2019-11-02 21:47:13 +1100
  • Harrison Hansford
    signed 2019-11-02 21:40:56 +1100
  • Hilenia Zaami
    signed 2019-11-02 21:03:40 +1100
  • Bronwyn Mason
    signed 2019-11-02 20:59:35 +1100
  • Ben hancock
    signed 2019-11-02 20:57:51 +1100
  • Mandy McLean
    signed 2019-11-02 20:52:24 +1100
  • Heidi Lee
    signed 2019-11-02 20:51:23 +1100
  • Kim Schwartz
    signed 2019-11-02 20:40:48 +1100
  • Karen Newby
    signed 2019-11-02 20:34:14 +1100
  • Kevin Conoplia
    signed 2019-11-02 20:25:32 +1100
  • wayne mugridge
    signed 2019-11-02 20:25:07 +1100
  • Lee Boland
    signed 2019-11-02 20:20:29 +1100
  • Lisa Mcevoy
    signed 2019-11-02 20:19:08 +1100
  • Mary Phillips
    signed 2019-11-02 20:14:09 +1100
  • John Sultana
    signed 2019-11-02 20:07:52 +1100
    Stop selling our infrastructure and organise a jv with the aus people, it will be good for all