Save the Murray Darling Basin Plan

The ABC’s Four Corners program on Monday night was shocking. If it's true, that environmental water paid for by the tax payer is being pumped back into irrigation channels and dams, then the entire reform is in jeopardy.

We need to make sure these practices and any complicit behaviour from government officials is uncovered, exposed and stopped. Barnaby Joyce’s response has been unbelievably weak. He has brushed off responsibility for the allegations, claiming they were a state issue. The whole point of Murray Darling Reform was to say we wouldn’t leave it as a state issue. Treating the rivers as though they weren’t a connected system is exactly how the health of the basin collapsed in the first place.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull needs to step in and work through the COAG process to reach agreement on a judicial inquiry that is able to get to the bottom of what has happened and determine whether or not the allegations aired on Monday night represent a more endemic problem.

It’s going to be a long campaign and I’m asking for your help. Please sign my petition to add your name to the community of people who will defend the Murray Darling Basin.

When Labor was in Government we got the Murray Darling Basin Plan in place after a century of conflict and the entire plan is now at risk.

The purpose of the reform was to restore the system to health, but the plan becomes meaningless if there is no integrity to the system for measuring water.

The Murray Darling Basin plan must be delivered in full and on time if there is any hope for the health of the basin.

As Environment Minister I worked tirelessly to get this Plan in place and fought hard to get all the states on board. I want your help to fight for the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

Can you sign the petition above to show your support?

I will keep you updated on further developments as they occur.

Tony Burke