Menu toggle

National Museum of Australia

Where our stories come alive

Collection Explorer

4

Protest poster 'Jam the Plan!', Griffith, 14 October 2010

2013.0040.0036

Protest poster 'Jam the Plan!', Griffith, 14 October 2010

Object information

Physical description

A single page of white A3 paper with red and black text printed on one side. The text reads 'JAM / the / PLAN!'. The word 'JAM' is in red ink and the words 'the PLAN' are in black ink.

Statement of significance

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority collection comprises placards, flyers, posters, t-shirts and other protest material collected at water reform meetings held in irrigation towns throughout the Murray-Darling Basin between 2010 and 2012. Collection items are in good condition.

The Murray-Darling Basin is Australia's most significant agricultural region. It contains 65% of the nation's irrigated agricultural land. Intensification of irrigation development and industrial farming in the 20th century brought profound changes to Basin river systems. Concerted efforts to address river health at an intergovernmental level began in the 1980s. The Murray-Darling Basin Authority collection records understandings of irrigation community members about the nature of rural/urban relationships. Many of the community meetings held by the Authority between 2010 and 2012 were heated spectacles that generated much media coverage. Placards and posters reveal strategies of farmers, local business operators, and business groups to influence urban voters and reorient the reform agenda. Objects in this collection can be understood as active within complex decision-making processes, with capacities to shape the realities of lives and places.

Object information

Back to top