The future of water reform in Australia: Starting a conversation

Emma Carmody, Barbara Cosens, Alex Gardner, Lee Godden, Janice Gray, Cameron Holley, Louise Lee, Bruce Lindsay, Liz Macpherson, Rebecca Nelson, Erin O'Donnell, Lily O'Neil, Kate Owens, Darren SINCLAIR

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After 2 decades of cooperative governmental reforms on water, Australia established a world-leading hybrid governance system involving top-down regulation, water markets and water planning with stakeholder cooperation. Yet, with the abolition of the National Water Commission (NWC) in 2015, there is a growing belief that Australia may have “dropped the ball on water”. As the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists affirmed in 2014, “it appears that our Australian governments are walking away from strategic water reform at the very
time when we should be preparing for the next inevitable drought”.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Specialist publicationAustralian Environment Review
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes


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