The Murray-Darling Basin Plan is headed for failure in the near future. Behind the current disputes there is the chronic under-resourcing of regional water planning by New South Wales and the rapid erosion of support for catchment-wide management in Victoria and Queensland. For South Australians, with an end-of-catchment focus, there has been very little achieved by the years of controversy and the billions of dollars of public funds expended since John Howard announced his grand intervention in 2007.
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