Opinion

Forgotten River podcast: Dead in the Water author Richard Beasley, SC, on why Australians should care about the Murray-Darling

By Richard Beasley, Sc
Updated September 23 2021 - 2:35am, first published September 22 2021 - 7:30pm
Forgotten River: An Outback Tragedy. Farmer Terry Smith pictured mustering sheep on his property Scarsdale Station in NSW. Picture: John Hanscombe - ACM

In his 2019 South Australian royal commission report on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, Commissioner Bret Walker, SC, used terms like "maladministration", "gross negligence" and "nonsensical in a policy sense" throughout his 746-page analysis of the drafting and implementation of the plan.

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