I am a former Murray-Darling Basin Authority executive who gave evidence at the royal commission, and my concerns were reflected accurately in its sensational report. Australians deserve transparent and legal management of this water resource, funded and owned by all of us, writes Jason Alexandra.
The Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission finds Commonwealth officials committed gross maladministration, negligence and unlawful actions in drawing up the multi-billion-dollar deal to save Australia's largest river system.
Commissioner Bret Walker SC dismisses recollections from former water minister Tony Burke that the sustainable level of water "take" was determined purely by environmental concerns, saying it was not consistent with contemporaneous records.
Productivity Commission's review of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan finds costs and time blowouts and recommends the MDBA be split in two.
The South Australian Government refuses an offer from the Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission to investigate recent fish kills in the lower Darling River amid a stoush between the Attorney-General and the commissioner.
Demand is threatening to outweigh the supply of water in the Murray-Darling region, with prices set to double.