Joyce is known in general to have been a meddling minister.
The controversy over the water purchase is based on an old story; the election has enabled it to be resurrected for a powerful fresh spin around the political circuit.
The federal government committed to reducing water extraction from the Murray-Darling Basin.
The latest Murray-Darling Basin scandal calls into question whether the government is using public money wisely.
An Aboriginal flag planted on the riverbed in front of the last stagnant pools of water that are now the Darling River at Wilcannia.
For the Barkandji people, the crisis on the Barwon-Darling represents the biggest threat to their continued survival on country since the sheep invaded.
Neither of the two federal investigations into fish deaths in the Darling River include any Indigenous representation.
Sheep grazing on the Darling River bed.
A decade of bipartisan research has provided plenty of answers to the problems plaguing the Darling River.
Water-hungry crops like cotton and rice are still worth farming in Australia.
Crises in the Darling River have raised questions about cotton and rice farming in the Murray Darling Basin.
Puddles in the bed of the Darling River are a sign of an ecosystem in crisis.
Mass fish deaths are a blaring warning sign for the heath of the Murray Darling Basin, but just as worrying is the sight of dry areas in the Darling.
Going all the way back: rules for the Murray Darling Basin are in Australia’s constitution.
Public confidence in the institutions in charge of the Murray Darling Basin has plummeted – with good reason.
Dead fish are a source of food for bacteria, which then extract oxygen from the river.
Hundreds of thousands of fish have died in low-oxygen water. Here's what actually happened to the oxygen, and why we might see more deaths in the coming weeks.
An aerial photo of a 2009 algae bloom in the Murray Darling Basin.
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Algae blooms have killed hundreds of thousands of fish in the last two weeks, but what exactly are they and how do we get them under control?
Desalination is an extraordinarily expensive option.
Farmers are calling for South Australia to ramp up its desalination plant to free up more water from the Murray Darling.
The Fitzroy River in flood in 2017.
The new Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council aims to overcome a management problem faced by many traditional owners: the fact that major rivers flow through lands home to many different groups and languages.
The more the market is willing to pay, the harder it is to regulate water use.
Residents of a small Victorian town realised that delicious water can be a curse as well as a blessing, when they lost a legal battle to stop a local farmer shipping groundwater to a nearby bottling plant.
An image from 1886 showing a group of Indigenous Australians posed around the lower Murray River in flood.
As the health of the Murray Darling Basin is in decline, fish ear bones recovered from ancient Aboriginal camp sites can provide vital data about river health in the past.
Traditional owners on the Wimmera River, western Victoria, conducting Aboriginal waterways assessment.
Indigenous water rights have been overlooked for a very long time. A bipartisan agreement on the Murray Darling Basin Plan may change that.
The Murrumbidgee River is one of several sites in the Murray-Darling Basin where improvements are being detected.
The Murray-Darling Basin Plan has been politically fraught and mired in scandal. But environmental monitoring suggests that the health of the rivers is indeed improving – even if it will take decades.
Jay Weatherill was seen as the better performer during the campaign when compared with Steven Marshall.
While many soft voters didn't think Labor deserved re-election, they were hesitant about the Liberals under Steven Marshall.
The Darling River near Menindee, NSW.
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New South Wales has pledged to walk away from the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, while Victoria's water minister has declared the plan 'over'.
Despite billions spent on trying to save water in the Murray Darling Basin, results have been disappointing.
A dozen leading researchers have issued an urgent call to action for the Murray-Darling Basin, arguing that the billions spent on water-efficient irrigation have done little for the rivers' health.
The mouth of the Murray River delivers vital nutrients to marine life in the ocean beyond.
Low flows in the Murray River in recent years have harmed tiny marine plants called phytoplankton, with consequences for local marine species and management.