Topic archives: Water

Dams and pipes wasting money, Productivity Commission warns

September 19, 2017 2

We're at risk of wasting billions on water infrastructure that isn't needed, the Productivity Commission has said -- repeating previous warnings about how we subsidise unviable irrigation.

If marriage equality doesn’t wreck the government, NBN or Murray-Darling disasters might

August 3, 2017 42

If things weren't already terrible for the government on marriage equality, the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister are front and centre in two other big problems.

Government goes to water as Nats target foreign investment

February 23, 2016 13

The Nationals' war on foreign investment in agriculture continues with more red tape in the water sector.

It’s the water market, Darling: what’s behind the MDB sell-off

It’s the water market, Darling: what’s behind the MDB sell-off

January 21, 2014 8

The government wants to sell its environmental water in the Murray-Darling Basin to cotton farmers. Is this dodgy, or is it market economics to make Adam Smith proud?

Murray-Darling Basin plan flows on — despite recalcitrant states

Murray-Darling Basin plan flows on — despite recalcitrant states

July 2, 2013

Remember the push to save the Murray-Darling Basin? We check in and find the plan is broadly on-track, although two states have just missed a crucial deadline -- a challenge for new federal minister Mark Butler.

Why new CSG law is not the green victory it may seem

March 20, 2013 1

The government is to tweak environmental laws to apparently make it easier to block CSG projects. Academics Andrew Macintosh and Richard Denniss on why it's bad policy and won't help the environment.

The Coalition should (again) sack Barnaby Joyce

September 5, 2012 19

Barnaby Joyce's views on the Cubby sale and foreign investment are a direct threat to the economy. Tony Abbott should sack him. But he won't.

Not a match in sight at the final round of Murray-Darling meetings

April 16, 2012

As 20 weeks of consultations on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan draft end, Crikey examines just how effective this latest lot of public meetings by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority has been.

The Dead Sea is dying (it’s not as funny as it sounds)

July 20, 2011

The Dead Sea is more like a dry creek than a sea these days. It also contains eight times more salt than a normal ocean, meaning it's too salty for any living thing to survive in it. Who will fix it?

Murray-Darling: keep the pollies away

June 3, 2011 68

The latest Murray-Darling report shows why politicians can't be trusted with serious policy-making.