Godden, Lee and Ison, Raymond
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Water is a perennial public policy issue in the sunburnt country. Australia has at last retreated from ‘making the desert bloom’ as a basic policy position.
Remnants of that dream remain, however, in a ‘supply-side’ approach that favours technological and engineering fixes to water supply and irrigation, and in water policy debates that focus more on the country than the city.
So far, political choices about water have been largely framed as the need to resolve water supply crises, to confront the over allocation of water, and to ensure sufficient water for food production and regional enterprises. Only recently has the political pendulum begun to swing in favour of environmental flows and the sustainability of aquatic ecosystems, rather than prioritising the consumption of water by people and industry. Much money and a great deal of effort has been spent to achieve water policy objectives in the face of pressing concerns such as climate change, but effective on-the-ground implementation still seems a long way off.
|Item Type:||Book Chapter|
|Copyright Holders:||2010 The Authors|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications|
|Depositing User:||Raymond Ison|
|Date Deposited:||28 Jan 2011 16:03|
|Last Modified:||30 Nov 2012 16:48|
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