Today’s report showing two trillion litres of water is missing from the Murray-Darling Basin shows the Liberal-National Government has mismanaged the River and set it on a trajectory to a slow trickle and ultimately death, the Greens say.
Greens Water Spokesperson and Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young said:
“The report by the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists today is devastating.
“Two trillion litres of water is missing. Why? Because of theft, corruption, corporate greed, floodplain harvesting, mismanagement and lack of action on climate change.
“The Liberal-National Party has overseen seven years of mismanagement of Australia’s biggest river system.
“Environmental water is necessary for the survival of the River and should be the priority of all governments, not helping out upstream corporate irrigators.
“As a South Australian I’m very angry that once again we have another report showing the River is being ripped off.
“The Murray-Darling Basin has suffered on the watch of the National Party for far too long while River communities and small family farms are left high and dry.
“Their mess needs cleaning up and we need a Royal Commission to get to the bottom of what’s gone so badly wrong.”