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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 >

tai.org.au/content/basin-… #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

3/ Water NSW was blasted by the NSW Ombudsman for giving them figures on the number of enforcement actions and prosecutions it had initiated over a 15-month period when it had not taken ANY enforcement actions AT ALL @annefdavies #MurrayDarling #auspol

4/ Evidence shows billions of litres was taken from the Barwon River, but the MDBA did nothing until the @4Corners report @MikeySlezak #MurrayDarling #auspol

5/ The then NSW Water Minister made last minute changes to the Barwon-Darling Water Sharing Plan at the request of irrigators, behind closed doors with no scientific basis for the changes @annefdavies #MurrayDarling #auspol

6/ Children living downstream were hospitalised due to toxic water.

The then NSW Water Minister removed a pumping embargo at the request of upstream irrigators. @brewsterkerry #MurrayDarling #auspol

7/ The NSW regional water minister, Niall Blair, quietly granted himself the power to approve illegal floodplain works retrospectively - @gabriellechan #MurrayDarling #auspol

8/ Then Federal Water Minister Barnaby Joyce boasted about taking water away from the ’greenies’ and giving it to agriculture - @gabriellechan #MurrayDarling #auspol

9/ NSW Minister Niall Blair lobbied to change laws to help a donor - @aclennell #MurrayDarling #auspol

10/ NSW failed to inform the Senate that WaterNSW claimed it made 117 penalty notices/prosecutions over 16-months

IRL there were ZERO

The Senate voted on cutting environmental flows for the Northern Basin w/out this info @p_hannam #MurrayDarling

11/ The entire state of NSW had fewer water enforcement & compliance staff than the City of Canada Bay had parking inspectors, the NSW Ombudsman found - @p_hannam #MurrayDarling #auspol

12/ Buybacks of water rights from three large properties, as part of the Murray-Darling basin plan, proceeded without tender - @annefdavies #MurrayDarling #auspol

13/ Eastern Australia Agriculture was paid almost $80 million in July 2017 for about 29 billion litres of its water licence, a price that generated the company a $52 million profit - @p_hannam #MurrayDarling #auspol

14/ In May the fed govt & Labor made a deal to pass 36 projects worth $1B+ through the Senate.

No list of how much water each project contributes, or its cost, was made public - @ToryShepherd #MurrayDarling #auspol

15/ Broken Hill’s water supply will now be sourced from the Murray, via a new pipeline. Its construction commenced without community consultation or the release of the business case – Emily Roberts @BDtruth #MurrayDarling #auspol

16/ Major crime police moved in on Norman Farming, operated by the high-profile former Cotton Farmer of the Year, John Norman for possibly ‘significant fraud committed against the Healthy HeadWaters project’ @brewsterkerry #MurrayDarling #auspol

17/ In 2018, cotton growers enjoyed a bumper year ‘harvest bonanza’. Despite water shortages at the end of the system that were blamed on drought - @BushReporter #MurrayDarling #auspol

18/ And that’s just 17 of over 100 reported stories of maladministration of the #MurrayDarling compiled in our report The Basin Files vol. 1 (covering reported stories of maladministration from July 2017 - June 2018) #auspol

It stinks
19/ Add your name to @theausinstitute open letter calling for a Fair Go for the #MurrayDarling Basin: theaus.in/fairgoMDB
20/ If you can, please chip in to help fund The Australia Institute's #MurrayDarling research: nb.tai.org.au/donate
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