Time for Serious Water Reform?

The Murray-Darling Basin is the largest and most complex river system in Australia – spanning 77,000 kilometres of rivers across five states. This Easter saw drought-stricken communities in New South Wales celebrating as the waters of the Murray and Darling rivers joined for the first time in two years. Whilst it may have sparked some hope and relief locally, tension around the issue of water supply and security across the region is running high.

How should we prioritise competing demands for water in the current economic climate? Is it time for a serious rethink on how we are managing this precious public resource? 2SER’s The Daily spoke with Professor Quentin Grafton – Director of the Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy at the Australian National University.

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