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Confronting a 'Post-Truth Water World' in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia

Grafton, Quentin; Colloff, Matthew; Marshall, Virginia; Williams, John

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Several independent findings about the current state of the environment and water management in the Murray-Darling Basin were released in early 2019 by the South Australia Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission, the Australian Productivity Commission, and the Australian Academy of Science. We review these findings in relation to: an environmentally sustainable level of water diversions, as mandated in the Australian Water Act 2007; Sovereign Indigenous water rights and interests; the economics...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorGrafton, Quentin
dc.contributor.authorColloff, Matthew
dc.contributor.authorMarshall, Virginia
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, John
dc.date.accessioned2020-07-16T02:31:14Z
dc.date.available2020-07-16T02:31:14Z
dc.identifier.citationGrafton, R.Q.; Colloff, M.J.; Marshall, V. and Williams, J. 2020. Confronting a 'post-truth water world' in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia. Water Alternatives 13(1): 1-28
dc.identifier.issn1965-0175
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/206253
dc.description.abstractSeveral independent findings about the current state of the environment and water management in the Murray-Darling Basin were released in early 2019 by the South Australia Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission, the Australian Productivity Commission, and the Australian Academy of Science. We review these findings in relation to: an environmentally sustainable level of water diversions, as mandated in the Australian Water Act 2007; Sovereign Indigenous water rights and interests; the economics of water recovery to increase stream and river flows; and water governance. After reviewing the independent findings and the responses by government agencies, we propose the following actions to respond to post-truth: (1) instituting greater transparency in measurements of water use, consumption, storage and return flows and also of water values (market and non-market); (2) using deliberative democracy, engaging in more effective and inclusive participation in decision-making in terms of water planning and allocations, especially of those who have been long excluded such as the First Peoples of Australia; and (3) giving primacy to the environmental goals of the Water Act 2007 and supporting this through the establishment of an independent standing commission which reports to the Australian parliament and has audit and oversight powers in relation to land, water and the environment.
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dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherWater Alternatives Association
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dc.sourceWater Alternatives
dc.source.urihttp://www.water-alternatives.org/index.php/alldoc/articles/vol13/v13issue1/561-a13-1-1/file
dc.subjectScientific integrity
dc.subjectdeliberative democracy
dc.subjectregulatory capture
dc.subjectIndigenous water rights
dc.subjectMurrayDarling Basin
dc.subjectAustralia
dc.titleConfronting a 'Post-Truth Water World' in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume13
dc.date.issued2020-02
local.identifier.absfor160507 - Environment Policy
local.identifier.ariespublicationu1055894xPUB226
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.water-alternatives.org/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationGrafton, R Quentin, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationColloff, Matthew, College of Science, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMarshall, Virginia, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationWilliams, John, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage28
local.identifier.absseo960999 - Land and Water Management of environments not elsewhere classified
dc.date.updated2020-04-05T08:17:21Z
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