The mismanagement of the Murray-Darling Basin has become a national issue in 2019. While the Basin’s problems are widely discussed, solutions are not. Practical steps to turn around the fortunes of the Basin and its people are:
New research from The Australia Institute highlights four steps governments can take to improve the management of the Murray Darling Basin:
- Emergency water allocation to the dairy industry
- Develop policies to ensure diversity in Basin agriculture
- A federal Royal Commission or federal ICAC investigation
- Pause the Basin Plan
The Institute’s proposal has been backed by independent election candidates in key seats:
The electorate of Herbert stands to be heavily impacted by climate change. Increasing floods, drought and heatwaves will impact the community’s health, environment, infrastructure and vital industries, particularly agriculture and mining unless decisive action is taken to tackle climate change
The Australia Institute’s new Climate Assessment for Herbert has found the electorate could suffer devastating climate impacts unless emissions are cut and climate change is brought under control.
If emissions continue to rise, by 2070 the electorate of Herbert is projected to experience:
Analysis of released documents shows that the licences bought by the Commonwealth didn’t exist until the vendors estimated the volumes of the licences themselves, at the suggestion of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Due diligence was problematic. At least half of the water purchased cannot count towards water recovery targets as it was not included in the baseline diversion limits.
The Australia Institute has released new analysis of the controversial $80 million water deal between the Department of Agriculture and Water under then-Minister Barnaby Joyce and a company domiciled in the Cayman Islands.
The analysis shows the close collaboration between the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and the company selling the water, Eastern Australia Agriculture (EAA), as outlined in documents released to the Senate and under FOI to Guardian Australia.
“The deeper into this water deal you go, the murkier it gets,” said Maryanne Slattery, Senior Water Researcher at The Australia Institute.
The Australia Institute’s new Climate Assessment for the electorate of Capricornia has found the electorate could suffer devastating climate impacts unless emissions are cut and climate change is brought under control.
If emissions continue to rise, by 2070 the electorate of Capricornia is projected to experience:
New research from The Australia Institute has found that young voters and their strong interest in tackling global warming could be a significant factor at the next election in South Australia, across both the Lower House and the Senate.
The Australia Institute surveyed a nationally representative sample of Australians about which major party policies they thought would be better for reducing emissions, lowering electricity prices and energy reliability.
“Interestingly, while Labor is very clearly ahead with voters when looking at which major party has the best policies on addressing emissions, Labor also leads on reliability and prices as well,” said Richie Merzian, Climate & Energy Program Director at the Australia Institute.