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Climate change & the Murray Darling: when our most divisive enviro issues meet

Climate change & the Murray Darling: when our most divisive enviro issues meet

Climate change and the Murray-Darling Basin plan are two of the most divisive environmental issues in Australia. They are also two of the most important. But what does the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) plan to do about climate change in its Murray-Darling Basin plan?

Not a match in sight at the final round of Murray-Darling meetings

Not a match in sight at the final round of Murray-Darling meetings

As 20 weeks of consultations on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan draft end -- and just 12 hours remain for public submissions -- it's worth examining just how effective the latest lot of public meetings by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority have proved to be.

Crikey clarifier: is the Murray-Darling Basin Plan illegal?

Crikey clarifier: is the Murray-Darling Basin Plan illegal?

Another battle has broken out in the murky war over the Murray-Darling Basin plan, with Victoria and South Australia in disagreement over the level of water cuts and two different groups -- including the SA government -- now threatening that the current basin plan is illegal.

Murray Murmurings: Why the Wentworth Group wants the Murray-Darling plan rejected

Murray Murmurings: Why the Wentworth Group wants the Murray-Darling plan rejected

The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists released its 25-page criticism of the Murray-Darling Basin draft plan earlier this month. And while many news outlets reported that that the scientists were scathing of the plan, few explained exactly why. We thought we'd let the Wentworth Group explain it for themselves..

Murray Murmurings: irrigators should embrace protecting the Murray-Darling's water

Murray Murmurings: irrigators should embrace protecting the Murray-Darling's water

After 20 years of water reform and 12 months of good rainfall, irrigators have never been better placed to deal with the adjustments necessary to restore the Murray-Darling to health.

Murray Murmurings: a proper water management plan is needed

Murray Murmurings: a proper water management plan is needed

John Hunwick, environmental educator and activist, writes: I have no special expertise on the condition of the Murray-Darling Basin. My lifelong interest has been in understanding ecology and how that understanding becomes part of the community’s understanding of how our environment works. Inevitably, living in South Australia I have been made aware of every “advance” made […]

Murray Murmurings: no jobs on a dead river

Murray Murmurings: no jobs on a dead river

When the Murray Darling Basin Authority held a meeting in Griffith last Thursday, irrigators tried to replicate their stunt of burning copies of the plan in the street. Luckily, the good folk at the MDBA had planned for this contingency and waxed the report to a high ****** -- neatly rendering the pages flame retardant. This serves as a good metaphor for the response of irrigators to the plan more broadly; a great deal of sound and fury, but ultimately self-defeating.

Murray Murmurings: emotive people aren't the lunatic fringe, they're the residents

Murray Murmurings: emotive people aren't the lunatic fringe, they're the residents

This speech was delivered last week by Finley High School principal Bernie Roebuck at the Murray Darling Basin Plan consultations in Deniliquin. It received a standing ovation from the 3000 people present — including federal water minister Tony Burke and Murray Darling Basin Authority head Craig Knowles. Burke later commented: “Everything at these meetings obviously […]

Murray murmurings: the MDBA explains where the 2750 figure comes from

Murray murmurings: the MDBA explains where the 2750 figure comes from

Craig Knowles, chair of the Murray Darling Basin Authority, writes: Last week, we kicked off our first public meetings after the release of the draft basin plan. I say this because we have been consulting with communities, individuals and representative groups since February. The formal part of the public consultation started in St. George, Queensland and […]

Murray Murmurings: the problem with economic modelling

Murray Murmurings: the problem with economic modelling

The multi-million dollar consultant reports from the Murray-Darling Basin Authority are a far cry from useful in determining the impacts of the basin plan, says Stefanie Schulte from the NSW Irrigators Council.