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Murray Darling Basin deception

**UPDATE** E petition is now closed, however due to the severity of this issue we are applying for a second petition and will combine the signatures. We want to give every Aussie the chance to sign and have their voice heard.
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This petition is addressed to the House of Representatives who have the power to call for a Federal Royal Commission investigation into corruption of the Murray-Darling Basin. Closing date for signatures: 09 October 2019 (11.59pm AEST)
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Chris Corrigan, chairman of agri-giant Webster Ltd, made a number of disingenuous claims on @RNBreakfast this morning in the response to our @4Corners story about the $41m it received from the taxpayer... #murraydarling #auspol
1) Corrigan claimed the money it received from the taxpayer is not a grant - the Commonwealth Govt calls it a grant...
2) Corrigan said Webster only received $18.8m under the scheme. No. Webster received $41m and traded in $22m worth of water licences. This is how the funding is counted under the scheme. The taxpayer provided $ for dams so that it could store water it was unable to access earlier
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For the record. @4Corners spent weeks gathering 1st-hand evidence from farmers in the Murrumbidgee who had concerns about how the #murraydarling grants scheme is operating... 1/5
We spoke to farmers & irrigators who have received the funding or been involved in its expenditure, scientists & economists who have gathered & analysed data on its effects, community leaders, former government officials and current and former Murrumbidgee Irrigation staff... 2/5
We requested an interview with Member for Farrer / Environment Minister Sussan Ley, whose electorate covers the taxpayer funded projects we investigated. Her spokesperson told us NO-ONE in the govt would be providing an interview... 3/5
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#Auspol Is @AngustTaylorMP 2 scared to be accountable to the Goulburn Community? Why is the MeetTheCandidatesForum audience+numbers rigged to Chamber of Commerce members guests & businesses only?

Our representatives are held to a higher standard of accountability, so why is Angus avoiding awkward questions & inconvenient press coverage, on integrity & accountability? including
- on #Watergate & #Caymans companies?
3 - does Angus have any role in EAA levee banks ruining Kylie @qwadja & Lawrence farmers over the Balonne with the backed up flood waters from the levee banks on the EAA properties?
- Why does @AngusTaylorMP hate the local Windfarm industry?
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1/ This is a MEGATHREAD. 👇🏻

That's not a Jamaican Doom Metal band name. It's a list of LNP issues & scandals for:


I’d like to present evidence to show they’re voting against their interests.

Please Distribute & RT. #auspol #ausvotes19
2/ If you hate your internet, it’s entirely LNP fault. The Labor NBN fibre to the premise model was world class. It was hobbled by Turnbull to serve Rupert Murdoch. The lost productivity / opportunity cost for Australia is likely TRILLIONS. #NBNfail…
3/ If you are a woman LNP voter - Why? What the heck? LNP have a huge issue with women. Their best PM candidate was not considered for the role and that’s why Julie Bishop quit, among many others. Add your examples in comments. #auspol #ausvotes19…
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Love #auspol but don't quite understand the @Barnaby_Joyce/#watergate/#RonniSalt thing?

Always had Qs re #MurrayDarling politics, but were too afraid to ask?

This thread's for you.
Current excitement is about an $80m ‘strategic water purchase’, which Joyce made as water minister in 2017.

@AngusTaylorMP's old company Eastern Australian Agriculture made a $52m profit on the deal.

Taylor was not involved in EEA in 2017 & I allege no wrongdoing on his part.
Taylor's involvement isn't the point - point is that EEA is a well-connected corporation.

To understand the #auspol of the #MurrayDarling you need to realise that it isn't about upstream vs down, farming vs env, or ALP vs LNP.

It's about the powerful vs everyone else.
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For your amusement #MurrayDarling followers, I made another segmented flow-duration curve. Again, data freely available from WaterNSW, here:

You might recall that I previously made one for the lower Darling River, at Wilcannia. Here's the WaterNSW map:
The Wilcannia one looks like this; with calculated flow stats. Yes folks, that's an *80% reduction* in median flow over the last 30 years.

(Remember flow is plotted on a log scale.)
The checked-and-rechecked stats there look like this:
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The first of many reports on the #fishkill - New South Wales has released its interim investigation @politicsabc #mdb…
The report says they cannot yet say with absolute certainty what caused the fish deaths at Menindee
Scientists have examined the ear bones of the fish and found specimens up to 25 years old. Amazingly they also might be able to use the ear bones to establish where the fish came from originally.
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While the PM wants to blame the Darling River fish kill on drought, @theausinstitute found over 100 reports of maladministration of the #MurrayDarling Basin Plan in our report The Basin Files vol. 1 – THREAD >… #auspol

img: @TolarnoStation Farmers Rob McBride and Dick Arnold holding two enormous dead Murray Cod
1/ Since Four Corners, barely a fortnight has passed without a new report of serious mismanagement, agency cover ups, political and regulatory capture, dodgy water deals or alleged fraud @lb_online #MurrayDarling #auspol…
2/ There are multiple allegations of water theft.

WaterNSW took *nearly a whole year* to act on accusations 7 billion litres was taken during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 water years *without authority* #MurrayDarling #auspol @p_hannam…
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The #Menindee mass fish deaths bring to mind the time @Nat_Irrigators successfully lobbied @GregHuntMP to disallow Critically Endangered listings for the #MurrayDarling and #MacquarieMarshes (nominated by @hsi_australia and made by @Mark_Butler_MP) in 2013…
We made the submissions for both back in 2008 and their assessments by the Threatened Species Scientific Committee began in 2008 and 2009 respectively. After years of workshops, expert research etc. the TSSC delivered the advice that both should be listed as Critically Endangered
This advice was delivered to then Environment Minister @Mark_Butler_MP in 2013, and to his credit he acted on the TSSC's advice and made the listings. @Nat_Irrigators, led at the time by @tomchesson01 (former adviser to Nat Shadow Water Security Minister John Cobb) weren't happy
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