Once again, First Nations in the Murray-Darling Basin have been shortchanged in water reform and shortchanged in the water market. It’s time to listen and actually deliver tangible outcomes.
Knowing the ‘next drought is just around the corner’, Australia’s Water Minister Tanya Plibersek is striking a new agreement to return water and health to the Murray-Darling Basin.
Projects have not been delivered. States are bickering. If the Albanese government is to uphold its election promise to deliver the Murray plan, hard tradeoffs are needed.
Australia’s beloved billabongs and waterholes are in danger of filling up with eroded soil from farms, leaving little room for the aquatic animals that depend on these vital drought refuges.
Victoria is planning to engineer wetlands so more water can go to agriculture. It’s not a good plan.
In our land of drought and flooding rains, better water management should feature in every federal budget. The new budget delivers it – but not everyone is happy.
Federal Labor has pledged to deliver the Murray Darling Basin Plan. But a new report casts serious doubt on that promise.
A major new report from the Productivity Commission calls for an overhaul of Australia’s 17-year-old policy on water.
The government has chosen a route not backed by evidence, and which will deliver a bad deal to taxpayers and the environment.
China believed the Murray Darling Basin Plan was about more than the environment. It wanted to know how much more.
Thirty years since Australia’s water reform project began, it’s clear our efforts have largely failed. We must find another way.
The review examined hundreds of studies and concluded the lower Murray should remain a freshwater ecosystem, or severe environmental and economic damage will result.
There’s little transparency or clarity about how much water states are allocated. This failure in communication and leadership across such a vital system must change.
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.
Keith Pitt on the Murray-Darling Basin, the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, and Nuclear Power in Australia.
Keith Pitt, minister for resources, water, and Northern Australia, discusses the NAIF, climate policy, nuclear energy, and the Murray-Darling Basin scheme with Michelle Grattan.
Recent rains have not eliminated the threat of a repeat of last summer’s mass fish deaths.
Australian winemakers have lost smoke-tainted crops and political leaders apparently cannot solve the Murray Darling crisis. Perhaps climate change is getting the better of us.
The Nationals have stoked opposition to the Murray Darling Basin Plan at every opportunity. Now they cannot contain the fury of rural voters.
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.