Refreshing the Plan

17 March 2016

© Commonwealth of Australia 2016
ISBN 978-1-76010-396-5

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View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Membership of the Committee (PDF 25KB)
Terms of Reference (PDF 10KB)
Abbreviations and Acronyms (PDF 11KB)
Executive Summary (PDF 12KB)
Recommendations (PDF 29KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 32KB)

Conduct of the inquiry
Report structure
Scope of the inquiry
Notes on references

Chapter 2 - Background (PDF 716KB)

Background and history of the basin
Table 2.1. Major land use activities in the MDB region by area
Water management in the basin
Figure 2.1 Governance of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority
The Murray-Darling Basin Plan

Chapter 3 - Basin state issues (PDF 898KB)

Figure 3.1 The Basin catchments and states
Figure 3.2 The Northern and Southern Basins
Northern Basin
Figure 3.3 The Northern Basin
Southern Basin
Figure 3.4 Southern Basin
Figure 3.5 Menindee lakes, NSW
New South Wales
South Australia
Figure 3.6 Lower Lakes Barrages
Figure 3.7 Bird Island – Main Murray mouth channel
Other matters

Chapter 4 - Basin-wide issues (PDF 308KB)

The value of water and its ownership
Use, quality and management of water

Dissenting Report - Australian Greens (PDF 26KB)
Dissenting Report - Australian Labor Party (PDF 43KB)
Dissenting Report - Senator John Madigan (PDF 26KB)
Dissenting Report - Senator Nick Xenophon (PDF 16KB)
Appendix 1 - Submissions received (PDF 51KB)
Appendix 2 - Public Hearings (PDF 39KB)
Appendix 3 - Recent history of basin water reform (PDF 16KB)
Appendix 4 - Roles and responsibilities for Murray–Darling Basin water reforms (PDF 47KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Senior Clerk's Office
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Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

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