Submission to the South Australia Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission

by Maryanne Slattery

Thank you for the opportunity to make a submission to the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission. 

This submission is informed by research through The Australia Institute and as a former employee of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA). I was employed by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and its predecessor, the Murray-Darling Basin Commission from 2005 until 2017. My last role with the MDBA was as Director of Environmental Water Policy from 2011. I spent six months on secondment with the Commonwealth Environment Water Office in late 2016 and early 2017. I am a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Australian Institute of Charted Accountants.

This submission will address:

  • Unlawful aspects of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan;
  • Protection of environmental water;
  • Manipulation of water recovery numbers;
  • Manipulation of Cap / Sustainable Diversion Limits; 
  • and Independent and peer reviews.


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