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Why is the Murray-Darling Basin so important and how did we end up at this point?

SBS News looks at why Australia's largest river system is in crisis.
SBS - Published

Government 'exaggerating' levels of water returning to Murray-Darling Basin: Report

Hundreds of billions of litres of water that should have flowed back into the Murray-Darling Basin is missing, according to a new report.
SBS - Published

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Protesters Stage Climate Change Sit-in at Parliament House, Canberra [Video]Protesters Stage Climate Change Sit-in at Parliament House, Canberra

Protesters blocked the foyer of Parliament House in the Australian capital of Canberra on Wednesday, February 13, forcing the area to be closed to visitors.The protesters demanded action following..

Credit: Storyful Studio     Duration: 00:45Published

What caused the death of a million fish in Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin? – video [Video]What caused the death of a million fish in Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin? – video

Up to a million fish, including 100-year-old Murray cod, have died in one of the biggest environmental catastrophes to hit the river. Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin river system is the life blood..

Credit: Guardian     Duration: 04:24Published

‘It’s a depressing sight’: Another mass fish kill expected in Menindee [Video]‘It’s a depressing sight’: Another mass fish kill expected in Menindee

Guardian photographer Mike Bowers speaks with Menindee locals as they watch huge Murray cod struggling in the shallows. 'It’s a tragedy for the Murray Darling Basin,’ says Graeme McCrabb while..

Credit: The Guardian Studio     Duration: 01:45Published

‘It’s a depressing sight’: Another mass fish kill expected in Menindee – video [Video]‘It’s a depressing sight’: Another mass fish kill expected in Menindee – video

Guardian photographer Mike Bowers speaks with Menindee locals as they watch huge Murray cod struggling in the shallows. 'It’s a tragedy for the Murray Darling Basin,’ says Graeme McCrabb while..

Credit: Guardian     Duration: 01:46Published

 

'Travesty': fourth fish kill looms as study finds phantom water savings

Residents at Menindee are bracing for a fourth mass fish kill in the Darling River in about three months, as a new paper finds water savings in the Murray Darling Basin may be just one-tenth the amount..
Brisbane Times - Published Also reported by •Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age

Menindee 'whipping boy' for Darling River

Fifth generation sheep farmer Wayne Smith says the Murray-Darling basin has been managed well for decades but something has gone very wrong lately.
SBS - Published

Senators denied Murray-Darling law advice

The federal government will keep secret legal advice it says proves the Murray-Darling Basin Plan does not breach the Water Act.
SBS - Published

Fish kill report calls for review of key basin plan project, climate impact

Murray-Darling basin governments should 're-evaluate' a costly plan to alter the Menindee Lakes, introduce real-time monitoring to cut water theft.
Brisbane Times - Published Also reported by •Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age

Fish death report points to hot conditions

The interim report of an investigation into fish deaths in the Murray-Darling has made a series of recommendations.
SBS - Published

MDBA lashes SA's river commission

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority has hit back at South Australia's royal commission into the river system.
SBS - Published

Indigenous member for Murray authority

An indigenous expert will be appointed to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority under draft laws introduced to federal parliament by the agriculture minister.
SBS - Published

Drought, water overuse caused Murray-Darling fish deaths, report finds

An expert panel has found serious problems in the management of the Murray-Darling river system which led to mass fish kills.
SBS - Published

Push to end cotton export for river's sake

Independent federal MP Rebekha Sharkie wants cotton exports banned to ensure there is enough water in the Murray-Darling Basin.
SBS - Published

Drought, water over-use trigger fish kills

An expert panel has found serious problems in the management of the Murray-Darling river system which led to mass fish kills.
SBS - Published

NSW far west 'sacrificed' in basin plan

Lower Darling River farmers argue the Murray-Darling Basin Plan has ignored their water needs and instead prioritised northern irrigators and South Australia.
SBS - Published

Water wars: Neville warns federal Labor against Murray River buybacks

Water Minister Lisa Neville has urged her federal Labor counterparts not to mess with the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, warning regional communities will suffer.
Brisbane Times - Published Also reported by •Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age

Indigenous groups unite in call for Murray-Darling royal commission

Only a federal royal commission with "real teeth" can uncover the corruption and mismanagement that is killing the nation's biggest river system, the Murray-Darling Basin, leading Indigenous groups..
Brisbane Times - Published Also reported by •Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age

Murray-Darling water flows worsen despite $8.5 billion cash splash, analysis finds

The startling findings by an eminent group of scientists suggest the controversial basin plan is floundering.
Brisbane Times - Published Also reported by •Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age

Fresh push to repeal water buyback limit

Labor and Greens senators will pressure the government to repeal a 1500 gigalitre cap on water buybacks for environmental use in the Murray-Darling Basin.
SBS - Published

SA calls for meeting on the Murray

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has asked the federal government to call a meeting of water ministers to consider reports on the Murray-Darling Basin.
SBS - Published

Australia: SA Royal Commission finds Murray-Darling Basin Plan partly unlawful - Holding Redlich

The SA Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission delivered its almost 800 page report to the South Australian Government.
Mondaq - Published

Terrible beauty of devastated country revealed

Drone images show the devastation of the Murray-Darling basin
Sydney Morning Herald - Published

Fed govt open to fish royal commission

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack has left open the door for a Murray-Darling Basin Plan royal commission as NSW trucks stressed Murray cod south.
SBS - Published

'Don't export our rivers': Push for export ban on cotton

The Central Alliance party will introduce bills in both houses of Parliament to help the Murray-Darling basin.
Brisbane Times - Published Also reported by •Sydney Morning Herald

Push for export ban on cotton to save sick rivers

The Central Alliance party will introduce bills in both houses of Parliament to help the Murray-Darling basin.
The Age - Published

No one likes the Murray-Darling plan - and that's a good thing

Sharing water is never going to be easy - making it work requires co-operation.
Brisbane Times - Published Also reported by •Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age

'Insane': split emerges among irrigators as focus shifts to floodplains

Unity among irrigators in the Murray-Darling Basin is beginning to fray with one large group in the southern region breaking ranks, dubbing the lack of monitoring of water use in northern areas as..
Brisbane Times - Published Also reported by •Sydney Morning Herald

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