Basin Plan

Scientist accuses Murray-Darling Basin Authority of interfering with research in scathing account

26 June 2018

Isabel Dayman, ABC
26 June 2018

A former CSIRO scientist has accused the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) of “interfering” in his research, around the time environmental goals were being developed for the Basin Plan.

Australian National University lecturer Dr Matthew Colloff led a team of researchers in 2010 and 2011, as part of a project called the Multiple Benefits report.

The project was funded by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

Dr Colloff’s team was asked to determine “the ecological and economic benefits of environmental water in the Murray-Darling Basin”.

The retired scientist this week made a submission to South Australia’s Royal Commission into the use of Murray-Darling Basin water, offering a scathing account of his experiences with the MDBA.

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