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It’s the water market, Darling: what’s behind the MDB sell-off

The government wants to sell its environmental water in the Murray-Darling Basin to cotton farmers. Is this dodgy, or is it market economics to make Adam Smith proud?

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Qld ‘upping the ante’ on Murray-Darling a High Court test?

A decision from Queensland to withdraw its support of the Commonwealth managing the state’s Murray-Darling Basin catchments would test the High Court, legal experts tell Crikey.

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Crikey Blogs | ENVIRONMENT|

Climate change & the Murray Darling: when our most divisive enviro issues meet

Climate change and the Murray-Darling Basin plan are two of the most divisive environmental issues in Australia. But what does the MDBA plan to do about climate change in its Murray-Darling Basin plan? asks David Donaldson.

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Not a match in sight at the final round of Murray-Darling meetings

As 20 weeks of consultations on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan draft end, it’s worth examining just how effective the latest lot of public meetings have proved to be. Amber Jamieson headed along to one.

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Not a match in sight at the final round of Murray-Darling meetings

As 20 weeks of consultations on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan draft end, Crikey examines just how effective this latest lot of public meetings by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority has been.

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Crikey Blogs | ENVIRONMENT|

Crikey clarifier: is the Murray-Darling Basin Plan illegal?

Another battle has broken out in the murky war over the Murray-Darling Basin plan, with two different groups — including the SA government — now threatening that the current basin plan is illegal, writes Amber Jamieson.

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The People’s Question

Crikey readers have their say.

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Crikey Blogs | ENVIRONMENT|

Why you should worry about Australia’s groundwater

A leading groundwater experts has slammed the latest Murray Darling Basin draft plan as “major u-turn” from the 2010 guide, with new increases to groundwater extraction in the basin, writes Amber Jamieson.

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Saving the Murray-Darling

Crikey readers have their say.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

Murray Murmurings: a proper water management plan is needed

Every change to Murray River management is hailed as the answer to fixing the river system, with unending prosperity just around the corner. Understnding is needed before things get better, writes John Hunwick.

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Crikey Blogs | ENVIRONMENT|

Murray Murmurings: no jobs on a dead river

Last week in Griffith irrigators tried to replicate their stunt of burning copies of the Murray Darling Basin plan. But, the MDBA waxed the report to a high sheen — neatly rendering the pages flame retardant. It’s a good metaphor for the response of irrigators, says Simon O’Connor.

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Crikey Blogs | ENVIRONMENT|

Invented numbers please no one in basin plan

Has Labor given up on meeting the requirements of the 2007 Water Act to ensure the environmental sustainability and long-term health of the Murray-Darling Basin? Professor Chris Miller questions the basin plan guide.

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Crikey Blogs | ENVIRONMENT|

Will MDBA leadership or vested interests prevail?

The narrative is that the draft Murray-Darling Basin Plan is the best that our scientists, policy makers and water managers can design with what we know now. , says Brian Ramsay, in the first of the returned Murray Murmurings series.

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Murray Murmurings: will MDBA leadership or vested interests prevail?

The need for fundamental change to water management and the competing interests are well known to all, writes Brian Ramsay, founder of the Basin Pulse initiative and managing director of Inovact Consulting.

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Small business and the light on the hill

Crikey reads have their say.

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Crikey Blogs | ENVIRONMENT|

New Murray-Darling Plan leaves everyone unhappy

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority today released the draft of the $10 billion Murray-Darling Basin Plan. And it seems neither irrigators nor scientists are happy with the latest inclination of the Plan, writes Amber Jamieson.

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Crikey Blogs | ENVIRONMENT|

What’s non-strategic about saving a river?

Federal government water buyback is paying dividends for our river systems — since 2009 the government has delivered almost 600 GL of water back to the Murray-Darling Basin. So why are they now being called into question? asks Juliet Le Feuvre.

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New research brings focus back to forests, vegetation in climate debate

Research released today in an article published in Science has shown that natural forests are far more significant carbon sinks that previously thought, writes Crikey naturalist Lionel Elmore.

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Educating the electorate

Crikey reads have their say.

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Crikey Blogs | ENVIRONMENT|

Scientists question “great new science” in Murray debate

The Wentworth Group of scientists declared the Murray-Darling Basin Plan a “fundamentally flawed process” after new modelling dramatically decreased the minimum water to be returned to the river, reports Amber Jamieson.

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Crikey Blogs | ENVIRONMENT|

What’s happening to the Plan?

After floods, resignations and community consultations, the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is slowly getting back on track thanks to the appointment of former NSW Labor minister Craig Knowles as the new head of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, reports Amber Jamieson.

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Crikey Blogs | ENVIRONMENT|

What’s happening to the Plan?

After floods, resignations and community consultations, the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is slowly getting back on track thanks to the appointment of former NSW Labor minister Craig Knowles as the new head of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, reports Amber Jamieson.

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Crikey Blogs | ENVIRONMENT|

Murray-Darling: where to now for water reform?

After a dramatic year of plans, resignations and community consultations over the guide to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, Chris Miller reflects on the future of water reform in the Basin.

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Time for talk on water reform is over — as the MDBA boss walks out the door

The Murray-Darling Basin reforms are in turmoil, with the shock resignation this morning of Mike Taylor, chair of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

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Crikey Blogs | ENVIRONMENT|

Should we think of farmers as we do teachers?

In the latest of the Murray Murmurings series, Professor Chris Miller talks about the need for a Basin Investment Fund, created by the government, to held fund and engage local rural communities, mixing local knowledge with scientific knowledge.

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