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The Murray-Darling Basin is the lifeblood for our communities, wildlife, 20,000 farms and millions of people.

But right now, a few rogue irrigators in NSW appear to be stealing billions of litres of river water. 

Despite alarming evidence of illegal activity, it looks like people at the highest levels of the NSW government have done nothing to stop them. Instead, they appear to have shut down active investigations, leaked confidential documents and helped irrigators find loopholes to abuse the rules.

We have a duty to protect our river so everyone who calls the basin home – the people, wildlife, farms, critters and cities – can thrive for generations to come. 

The Murray-Darling Basin Plan sets out fair rules about how much river water people can take.

Will you sign the petition to demand Malcolm Turnbull stop the vested interests and make everyone follows the rules of the Basin Plan?

Prime Minister Turnbull, your party paved the way for a plan that would fairly represent the needs of the whole basin, from the biggest towns to the smallest critters. Now, we call on you to make sure the Basin Plan:

  • Is overseen by transparent institutions we can trust to look after our rivers and ensure everyone plays by the rules.
  • Legally dedicates 3,200 GL of river water to our rivers so they can flow with more natural cycles of flooding and drying
  • Removes barriers and outdated rules so our rivers can replenish natural floodplains
  • Uses the best available science to manage the current and future impact of global warming

By signing this petition, you're showing your support for every town, turtle, farm, fisherman, red gum, retailer, critter and community who depend on a healthy basin.


Together, let's stand up for the plan that gives us all a fair go and keeps our river flowing for everyone – not just the ones with the deepest pockets. 

To see some of the basin community petitions that make up our unified movement for our rivers, check out our movement page on Change.org

This campaign is supported by the Lifeblood Alliance: a coalition of environment, Indigenous and community groups who are standing up for healthy rivers in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Latest Supporters

Madeline 2017-08-18 17:36:58 +1000
Stop water corruption and bring in fair measures. The water hoarding and onselling water stolen from the river system is despicable. Look after the river, ecosystem and the broader community.
Sophia 2017-08-17 18:06:39 +1000
This water theft from our fragile ecosystems must be stopped now.
Gordon 2017-08-16 16:08:48 +1000
Pauline 2017-08-16 09:24:10 +1000
Judy Foster
Judy 2017-08-15 16:50:45 +1000
I am so sad that our Government is more interested in getting votes to stay in power or placing monetary value before long term sustainability and what is a fair system for all. I am disgusted with greed and lack of integrity. Are the big companies paying you for this excess water? Why are we allowing cotton and rice to be grown in the second driest continent? You still have so much to learn.
Elle 2017-08-15 16:09:30 +1000
Mick 2017-08-15 11:53:15 +1000
Hakan 2017-08-15 11:29:46 +1000
I’m a staunch Liberal supporter and voter however, if you are the strong PM I believe you are, you MUST take action NOW. Barnaby will never look out for anyone south of NSW. When you made him Deputy I thought, there goes all hope of fairness for SA
I will be watching for your announcement PM as you do the right thing.
Maree 2017-08-14 16:58:38 +1000
Julie 2017-08-14 16:10:33 +1000
Rebecca 2017-08-13 22:58:08 +1000
Pierre 2017-08-12 11:51:27 +1000
Jessica 2017-08-10 20:38:57 +1000
Natalie 2017-08-09 20:43:50 +1000
Maria 2017-08-09 20:25:51 +1000
Lyndell 2017-08-09 09:40:24 +1000
Fanitsa 2017-08-02 18:24:47 +1000
Sally 2017-08-02 18:05:42 +1000
Lucy 2017-08-02 11:11:19 +1000
The Murray-Darling Basin plan means something very important not only to rural dwellers like me, but all Australians. Take responsibility away from your buffoon of a deputy PM or force him to properly oversee the states as he should.
Hugh 2017-08-01 22:41:38 +1000
It’s time to remedy the problems.
Robert 2017-07-31 07:57:53 +1000
Biddy 2017-07-30 23:44:10 +1000
The Murray-Darling Basin belongs to us, let’s make that very clear. It does not belong to irrigators sucking the very life out of it for their personal profit. What has been exposed on 4corners is criminal activity. The perpetrators and the politicians who have assisted them must be tried for this criminal activity. Corruption is obviously alive & well in this government. I call for a royal commission to investigate and expose these criminal activities.
Kirsten 2017-07-30 23:42:51 +1000
The Murray-Darling is unique, it is the lifeblood west of the great divide. It’s well past time we stopped listening to vested commercial interests and started to listen to the needs of the land!
Fiona 2017-07-30 21:47:42 +1000
Given the allegations made of Four Corners ’Pumped" episode, while unscrupulous, and probably criminal, farming practices are one thing, the degree of apparent systemic disregard for the Murray-Darling system within the NSW government is really the most disturbing thing of all. Mr Turnbull, I ask that you do all that you can to ensure that the Federal government does all within its power to ensure the Murray-Darling system is well managed. This includes considering a Royal Commission or similar inquiry that has adequate power to properly investigate State governments, particularly the NSW government.
Andrew 2017-07-28 23:45:07 +1000
Why do u government people just want to fuck your own people over to line your own pockets ? Seriously its so mentally disturbing that you consciously rip off the people of Australia at their detriment esp when u make soo much money as it is !! Disgusting !!
Ashlee 2017-07-28 20:18:34 +1000
enquiry into water theft in the Murray-Darling basin vital !
ian 2017-07-28 16:19:38 +1000
I found the 4 Corners report into water tampering in the Murray Darling Basin disturbing. How can this happen? Is there no concern for farmers further along the river? Where is the integrity and human decency? It makes me MAD.
Julia Wallis
Julia 2017-07-28 11:55:36 +1000
virginia 2017-07-28 08:47:38 +1000
moira Morgan
moira 2017-07-28 08:35:06 +1000