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Crikey Calling #1: immigration and saving the Murray

In this week’s episode of our new Crikey Calling podcast, Jason Whittaker and Bernard Keane discuss asylum seeker policy and the federal government’s Murray-Darling plan.

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Crikey Blogs | ENVIRONMENT|

Murray-Darling: where to now for water reform?

After a dramatic year of plans, resignations and community consultations over the guide to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, Chris Miller reflects on the future of water reform in the Basin.

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What the Basin Authority should have done

The frightening thing about the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s current efforts is that they apparently spent about $60 million getting to where they are while ignoring almost every lesson about how to undertake consultation.

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Crikey Blogs | ENVIRONMENT|

Murray Murmurings: Postcard from Mildura

Simon O’Connor from the Australian Conservation Foundation traveled to Mildura where he discovered that the national debate about the Murray-Darling has failed to focus on what is really important: how to save the river while looking after communities dependent on it.

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Crikey Blogs | ENVIRONMENT|

The hidden cost of the Murray-Darling Plan

As debate rages about the economic and environmental costs of implementing the recently published Murray Darling Basin Plan, there is one factor that has remained largely unmentioned: the risk of increased suicide resulting from loss of livelihood, writes Alison Fairleigh.

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Crikey Blogs | ENVIRONMENT|

Is the silent majority in the Basin being sidelined?

The publicity associated with the release of the Guide to the Basin Plan must be kept in perspective: two million people live in the basin and not everyone is dependent on farming for their well being. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have a say, writes Brian Ramsay.

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Adelaide Now | FEDERAL|

Back to basics for Murray Darling Basin

Water Minister Tony Burke has distanced himself from Murray Darling Basin Authority chairman Mike Taylor and undermined the authority’s guidelines document, which suggests he may be endorsing a back to the drawing board approach, writes Mark Kenny.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

Newspoll: 52-48 to Coalition

The latest Newspoll has the Coalition opening a 52-48 lead, with Labor’s primary vote down to a new low of 33 percent. There is speculation the fall has been driven by the Murray-Darling Basin report, writes William Bowe.

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Crikey Blogs | ENVIRONMENT|

Murray Murmurings: What happens when two extremist ideologies meet

Irrigated agriculture systems, like electric grids and city road transport networks, are human engineering constructs, not gifts of nature. Therefore irrigation systems trigger by their existence a government’s duty of care to the human communities that they sustain, says Tony Kevin.

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The Punch | ENVIRONMENT|

Murray Darling debate is not holding water

The mammoth draft proposal released by the Murray Darling Basin Authority last week has been attacked from virtually every angle. With so much rancor and emotion, logic and reason appear to be drowning in the debate, writes David Penberthy.

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The Sydney Morning Herald | ENVIRONMENT|

The raging war between farmers and Gillard

It’s no surprise the Murray Darling Basin Plan consultations are fiery affairs, full of angry rural people. PM Gillard is going to lose control of this water debate before it’s even started, warns Lenore Taylor.

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Crikey Blogs | ENVIRONMENT|

Murray Darling
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The Murray Darling Basin Plan continues to loom as a massive political and environment issue. The guide to the draft plan was released last Friday and Amber Jamieson put together a reading list for those who want to get up to speed.

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The Australian | ENVIRONMENT|

Putting the environment over people

The Murray Darling Basin Plan released last week and the proposed cuts to water are extreme. The high social and economic costs just aren’t worth the environmental savings, writes Judith Sloan.

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Adelaide Now | FEDERAL|

Coorong and Kooyong – what’s the diff?

One is famous for wetlands, the other is famous for tennis. The man who mistook them during the Coalition’s Murray Darling policy announcement yesterday - Coalition water spokesman Barnaby “bearded lady” Joyce - is famous for gaffes.

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Tim Holding vs The Long-Footed Potoroos (Potorous longpipes)

What really happened on Mt Feathertop

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Xenophon’s deal turns water into gold

The Xenophon deal will cause a massive shock to the water buyback market, writes Bernard Keane.

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Plenty of water for Murray Darling, just no political will

Getting some water to the Coorong and Lower Lakes is, it seems, all too hard for Penny Wong, writes Bernard Keane.

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Murray-Darling: Cubby Station has to go first

The first property the government should look at buying is Cubbie Station, writes Bernard Keane.

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Comments, corrections, clarifications, and c*ckups

McLeod’s Daughters … the politics of water … Brendan Nelson on drugs … how the West was won … Belgians’ most brilliant … prostitutes love Fred Nile … Michael Kroger …

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The Tuesday Top 20

Two people who you can bet don’t get invited around to Kirribilli House are the big movers in the Crikey/Media Monitors Top 20 for the week of 7-13 August.

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Bush rains on Howard’s APEC parade

President Bush is leaving APEC early — before the prized silly-suit photo opportunity. So Prime Minister John Howard has started a hamfisted campaign to bring forward the photo session, writes Alex Mitchell.

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Comments, corrections, clarifications, and c*ckups

Tower Books responds to A&R … What a load of self-serving twaddle from A&R … Crikey gets it so wrong on Morgan poll … Crikey’s God & p-rn sealed section … things not that bad in voterland? …

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Crikey sources say: no winter sitting on the NT plan

Crikey understands that it’s extremely unlikely that Parliament will return during the winter break, despite the Prime Minister promising a special session if necessary to debate and pass the legislation for the NT intervention.

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