Dividing the waters: a critical analysis of law reform in water allocation and management in Australia from 1989-1999
The end of the 1980’s marked the close of development of public dams in most Australian states. It was the start of an era which recognised scarcity of water resources, economic issues related to water supply for irrigation and concerns over use on the environment. Water needed to be reallocated from inefficient to ‘high-value’ use, and degraded land needed to be retired from irrigation. To do so, policy-makers gave a key role to market mechanisms. Water needed to be specified as a commodity...[Show more]
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