A damning report into the state of the Murray-Darling found politics and maladministration have undermined the health of the nation's most important river system — and authorities have proved "unwilling" to obey water laws.
The findings of the South Australian Royal Commission headed by Bret Walker SC were made public yesterday.
Among the 44 recommendations was a call to re-set the amount of water put aside for the environment because too much is going to irrigators.
State and Federal Governments say they need time to digest the 746 page report but irrigators have already come out swinging, questioning the range of experts consulted by the commission.
Senior Counsel Assisting the Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission