Drought is inevitable, Mr Joyce

Drought-stricken dam (source: Plant Industry)

Barnaby Joyce, Australia’s new special envoy for drought assistance and recovery, will have to be careful he doesn’t do more harm than good. Government funding of agriculture during a drought typically falls into three categories: subsidies for farm […]

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It will take decades, but the Murray Darling Basin Plan is delivering environmental improvements

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Amid the politics, it’s sometimes easy to forget that the Murray-Darling Basin Plan was originally designed primarily to restore the rivers’ environment. While questions have been raised over the plan’s governance, economics, and political commitment by the states, it is important to note […]

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The Murray Darling Basin Plan is not delivering – there’s no more time to waste

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More than five years after the Murray Darling Basin Plan was implemented, it’s clear that it is not delivering on its key objectives. The Basin Plan, at its core, is about reducing the amount of water that can be extracted […]

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