Victoria is planning to engineer wetlands so more water can go to agriculture. It’s not a good plan.
Indigenous engineering and care for Country points to a better way to manage the Baaka.
First Nations people have almost no say in how water is used in Australia. The Productivity Commission’s latest report does little to address that.
China believed the Murray Darling Basin Plan was about more than the environment. It wanted to know how much more.
The number of visitors to the restored wetlands is increasing each year, as is the wildlife.
Fish must be released into good quality water, with suitable habitat and lots of food. These conditions have been quite rare in Murray Darling rivers in recent years.
Thirty years since Australia’s water reform project began, it’s clear our efforts have largely failed. We must find another way.
Knee-jerk responses to water insecurity won’t fix the basin. The harder and longer path is delivering real water reform, including transparent water planning enshrined in law.
Fire debris flowing into Murray-Darling Basin will exacerbate the risk of fish and other aquatic life dying en masse in a repeat of the shocking fish kills of last summer.
From mass climate change movements to cultural genocide of Uighurs in China, here are some of the headline human rights moments that captured Australia’s attention.
A researcher who’s worked for decades to improve the health of the Murray Darling Basin fears the coming months will be among the worst in history.
Buybacks by open tenders were a successful, cost-effective way of returning water to the Murray-Darling Basin. They should never have been abandoned.
How can Australia’s new Inspector General be expected to inspect waterways without a firm grasp of how much water in in them?
Sarah Bekessy, RMIT University; Alex Kusmanoff, RMIT University; Ascelin Gordon, RMIT University; Emily Gregg, RMIT University; Freya Thomas, RMIT University; Georgia Garrard, RMIT University; Holly Kirk, RMIT University; Jeremy Ringma, RMIT University; Katherine Berthon, RMIT University; Lindall Kidd, RMIT University; Marco Gutierrez, RMIT University; Mathew Hardy, RMIT University; Matthew Selinske, RMIT University, and Roshan Sharma, RMIT University
Here are the promises and policies of the Coalition, Labor, the Greens, One Nation and more.
For the Barkandji people, the crisis on the Barwon-Darling represents the biggest threat to their continued survival on country since the sheep invaded.
A scathing report about the Murray Darling Basin Authority highlights the importance of climate change risks to public sector companies.
The Murray-Darling is not just a food bowl, yet the South Australian Royal Commission has found the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is failing its mission to protect the environment as well as irrigators.
Angus Webb, The University of Melbourne; Darren Ryder, University of New England; Fiona Dyer, University of Canberra; Michael Stewardson, The University of Melbourne; Mike Grace, Monash University; Nick Bond, La Trobe University; Paul Frazier, University of New England; Qifeng Ye; Rick Stoffels, CSIRO; Robyn J Watts, Charles Sturt University; Samantha Capon, Griffith University, and Skye Wassens, Charles Sturt University
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.
New South Wales has pledged to walk away from the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, while Victoria’s water minister has declared the plan ‘over’.
Quentin Grafton, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University; Darla Hatton MacDonald, University of Tasmania; David Paton, University of Adelaide; Graham Harris, University of Wollongong; Henning Bjornlund, University of South Australia; Jeffery D Connor, University of South Australia; John Quiggin, The University of Queensland; John Williams, Australian National University; Lin Crase, University of South Australia; Richard Kingsford, UNSW Sydney, and Sarah Ann Wheeler, University of Adelaide
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.