The $13 billion Murray-Darling Basin Plan set out to save our rivers from environmental disaster, but is now facing growing allegations of corruption and mismanagement.
The latest rorts exposed by ABC’s Four Corners are a consequence of state and federal governments ruling out water buybacks. Instead they chose to give public money to big corporate irrigators to build untested infrastructure projects.
The projects were supposed to improve water efficiency. But there’s increasing evidence these public handouts have simply lined the pockets of private companies with little benefit to taxpayers or to our stressed river system.
The lack of transparency and accountability means it’s hard to know the full extent of the rorting or how much water (if any) has actually been recovered. So here is a 7 point action plan to restore integrity in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, rescue our rivers and support the communities that depend on them.
This post was produced in collaboration with the Lifeblood Alliance, which consists of environmental, Indigenous and community groups committed to keeping the rivers, wetlands and aquifers of the Murray-Darling Basin healthy for the benefit of current and future generations.