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4 February 2019 Statement

(Updated 15 February, 2019)

CSIRO has formally responded to the final report of the South Australian Royal Commission into the Murray-Darling Basin in a letter to the SA Premier.

CSIRO has led research in the Murray-Darling Basin for decades, and continues to provide independent and rigorous science to inform the management of the Murray-Darling Basin.

The Royal Commission has upheld the value of science in general, and acknowledged CSIRO's contribution to a range of key scientific inputs into MDB decision making over a considerable period.

However, CSIRO refutes statements that it was pressured to change a report in an improper and misleading way by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. CSIRO uses rigorous processes to ensure the quality of our science including the robust governance and independent review processes used for this work.

We strongly reject suggestions that CSIRO's scientific integrity was compromised, its independence undermined, or that it acted in secrecy.

As the national science agency, we remain committed to providing scientific and technical solutions that are impartial, credible and of national benefit. CSIRO acknowledges the ongoing endeavours of our renowned scientists who continue to provide world-class science to advance our understanding of this intricate and dynamic system, and we intend to continue to work with our stakeholders to ensure a sustainable and healthy MDB system for the future.

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