Water reform in the Murray Darling Basin has been repeatedly justified on the basis that taking thousands of gigalitres of water – about 1/3 of all the water used to produce food in Australia – is necessary to keep the mouth of the Murray River open 90 per cent of the time.

In fact the tides of the Southern Ocean could scour the mouth of the Murray, at no expense to Australian tax payers, if only the Murray River’s estuary were restored and the evolution of the Lower Murray allowed to follow it’s natural course.

But instead of working with nature, Australian and South Australian governments have worked to stop the tides of the Southern Ocean and block the five channels that converge on the Murray’s sea mouth.

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