Four Corners reveals the results of its latest investigation into how billions of taxpayers’ dollars are being spent on the plan to rescue the Murray-Darling Basin and whether the contentious plan has become a colossal waste of money.
The river system is the lifeblood of Australian agriculture but right now it’s in crisis.
It’s experiencing one of the worst droughts on record, and with mass fish deaths capturing the headlines and farmers struggling to survive, many are saying the scheme is failing to deliver.
Billions of taxpayers’ dollars are being poured into grants handed to irrigators in an attempt to save more water.
We’ve discovered the big winner is big business.
Huge corporations, some of them partly foreign-owned, have received tens of millions of dollars to fund massive expansions and increase irrigation.
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This program features contributions from:
CEO, Murrumbidgee Irrigation
Fmr Murrumbidgee Irrigation Project Manager
PROF. RICHARD KINGSFORD
Fmr Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder
RICHARD BEASLEY SC
Fmr Snr Counsel Assisting Royal Commission
PROF SARAH WHEELER
Water Economist, University of Adelaide
Snr Water Researcher, Australia Institute
KELVIN BAXTER and GLEN BAXTER
PROF QUENTIN GRAFTON
UNESCO Chair in Water Economics, ANU
Vice President Griffith Business Chamber
Business Development Coordinator, Murrumbidgee Irrigation
Senior Solicitor, Environmental Defender’s Office