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MDBA criticised by Productivity Commission

By Geoff Adams

The Productivity Commission has delivered a scathing assessment of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, and criticised the way the plan is being implemented by the Murray Darling Basin Authority.

The authority accused the authority of lacking decisive direction-setting leadership and transparency.

The report voiced concerns that the plan cannot be achieved on-time, on-budget and deliver the promised results.

Few punches were pulled in the 359-page draft report which dismantled the plan and called on the ‘‘inherently conflicted’’ Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) to hand over government advisory responsibilities to a new body.

‘‘In its current form, the MDBA cannot be a trusted adviser to basin governments and be a credible regulator,’’ the report said.

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