keywords: Murray Darling Basin

  • ENVIRONMENT

    Rain can't drown climate truth

    • Tony Kevin
    • 22 November 2010
    6 Comments

    Australians can rejoice in the good year our farmers are having. But farming in southern Australia continues to be a high-risk business. Climate change is inevitably going to make it harder to sustain all kinds of agriculture in inland southern Australia.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Australian farmers sold short by cheap food

    • Sarah Kanowski
    • 09 March 2010
    10 Comments

    Throughout his 2007 election campaign Rudd pledged to address 'inflated grocery prices'. But Australians are spending less at the supermarket than ever before. Cheap food has come at a cost to the livelihoods of Australian farmers and the environment.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The opportunity cost of Rudd-love

    • Michael Mullins
    • 14 December 2009
    5 Comments

    If Hawke and Keating had failed to act on economic reform, the opportunity cost would have been devastating unemployment during the GFC. It is not difficult to imagine the opportunity cost of the priority Rudd is giving to his own popularity over reforms that are now urgently needed.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    One year on, Garnaut's glass half full

    • Tony Kevin
    • 16 September 2009
    5 Comments

    If anyone expected Ross Garnaut to be bitter about the Government's inadequate response to his 2008 Review, they were wrong. He is optimistic about the positive public impact of the Review and said climate change denialists are 'grasping at straws'.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Australia's chance to lead climate change action

    • Michael Mullins
    • 11 May 2009
    3 Comments

    The community is divided over the Government's revised climate change strategy. Australia has the most visible evidence of climate change, which makes it all the more urgent for us to provide leadership on the world stage.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Paying the climate change piper

    • Tony Kevin
    • 09 September 2008
    7 Comments

    In The Pied Piper of Hamelin, a town tries to buy a cheap solution to a terrible problem, and their children pay the price. In light of Garnaut's latest, coservative climate change recommendations, it seems we may need a Class 5 tropical cyclone slamming into Brisbane to jolt us into decisive action.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Desalination devastation

    • Margaret Simons
    • 30 April 2008
    5 Comments

    The Murray is a harnessed beast. Its flow is regulated by locks and weirs. The engineering feats to which we are wedded seem not so much a testimony to our power as to our continued foreignness. From Eureka Street, June 1991.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Australia's rank river embodies land-use dilemma

    • Margaret Simons
    • 20 February 2008
    7 Comments

    The onset of blue-green algae caused the Murray's smell to change from rank to fetid. Halting the damage to the Murray-Darling basin is essential to our financial survival, yet it may be that it is impossible to stop the damage without also causing critical economic damage. — Eureka Street, March 1993

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Lessons for Australia to learn from Darfur

    • Ursula Stephens
    • 12 September 2007
    1 Comment

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  • RELIGION

    In praise of hypocrisy

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 15 May 2007
    2 Comments

    Symbolic gestures, whether at personal or at national level, are effective, even though they will have a barely measurable effect on water supply or global warming. Our world becomes different, and our sense of what has priority in it also changes.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Populate and our environment will perish

    • Paul Collins
    • 27 February 2007
    8 Comments

    Australia is not infinite; there is a limit to our productive capacity and we may well have already exceeded it. One of the unmentionable and politically incorrect questions is how many people the continent can sustain while retaining some respect for the integrity of the landscape.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Water is our teacher in the school of life

    • Clare Coburn
    • 27 February 2007
    5 Comments

    Throwing money at water is not the only way to fix our current problems. Reflecting on some of the meandering and non-linear qualities of water, and seeking to emulate them, may be a starting point for more receptive and sensitive ways of being in the world.

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