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Mismanaging water policy can drain a budget

Water | Alan Moran
Herald Sun 29th April, 2011

FOLLOWING the report into state finances by an independent committee, we are seeing the hollowness of the previous Victorian government's claim to...

Murray-Darling irrigation and agricultural production are critical

Food & Environment and Water | Alan Moran
Herald Sun 10th December, 2010

Under Labor, Victorian water policy had an urban-orientation. Its focus was on reducing city usage and providing more water to Melbourne without...

Bank on basin's resilience

Food & Environment and Water | Alan Moran
The Australian Financial Review 10th December, 2010

John Quiggin argues that taxpayers should buy 34 per cent of the water now used by Murray-Darling basin irrigators and add this to the 50 per cent...

Damned decision

Economics & Deregulation, Governance & Service Provision, Deregulation Unit, Climate Change and Water | Mikayla Novak
ABC Unleashed 17th November, 2009

The decision last week by Kevin Rudd, delivered by his environment minister Peter Garrett, to veto the proposed Traveston dam near Gympie...

Ultimate civic nonsense

Economics & Deregulation, Governance & Service Provision, Health and Water | John Roskam
The Australian Financial Review 30th October, 2009

Kevin Rudd announced on Tuesday that he wanted the federal government to be involved in the urban planning for Australia's cities. Presumably, he...

Committee goes with wrong flow on water

Climate Change and Water | Alan Moran
Herald Sun 13th June, 2009

A state parliamentary committee report this week said Melbourne needs no more dams and water storages. Instead, the committee proposes more costly...

It's water torture as jobs evaporate

Economics & Deregulation | Alan Moran
Herald Sun 6th September, 2008

A great myth of government propaganda is that their activities create jobs. Water Minister Tim Holding recently used our money to commission...

Murray Water Demands from Downstream

Water | Jennifer Marohasy
The Land 4th September, 2008

South Australians live at the end of the long Murray River system and spend a lot of time fearing someone upstream will steal their water.  As...

Saving the Coorong by restoring its native state

Food & Environment and Water | Jennifer Marohasy
Online Opinion 14th August, 2008

When the Minister for Climate Change and Water, Penny Wong, recently announced that there was insufficient water in upstream dams to flood the...

Dam good idea holds water

Economics & Deregulation, Food & Environment and Water | Alan Moran
The Age 13th August, 2008

Water saving and agonising over an augmentation of Victoria's urban supply have been long and unnecessary exercises. We have plenty of water...