“Scientifically Indefensible”: how a $13 billion political fix is killing the Murray Darling Basin

“Scientifically Indefensible”: how a $13 billion political fix is killing the Murray Darling Basin

The federal government continues to squander $13 billion of taxpayers’ money in an unlawful mess that was supposed to fix this country’s greatest environmental catastrophe – the destruction of the Murray Darling Basin. It is a tale of political interference, scientific censorship and deception, pressure from lobbyists and bureaucratic cowardice. Richard Beasley SC reports.

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“Scientifically Indefensible”: how a $13 billion political fix is killing the Murray Darling Basin

“Scientifically Indefensible”: how a $13 billion political fix is killing the Murray Darling Basin

The federal government continues to squander $13 billion of taxpayers’ money in an unlawful mess that was supposed to fix this country’s greatest environmental catastrophe – the destruction of the Murray Darling Basin. It is a tale of political interference, scientific censorship and deception, pressure from lobbyists and bureaucratic cowardice. Richard Beasley SC reports.

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