Australia's water policy must adapt

Drought
7 April 2021

Australia, like many nations, is amidst a water crisis. Since the Millennium Drought, ‘Day Zero’ events are an increasingly real threat – with rural NSW and Queensland towns battling on-going drought, while others flood.

In 2004, the National Water Initiative was pledged – followed by the Water Act in 2007 then the Murray-Darling Basin Plan in 2012 – to conserve the health of Australia’s dwindling waterways, among other tasks.

Last month, the Productivity Commission released a draft report assessing the progress made since these objectives were made.

Listen to the interview between ANU Professor Quentin Grafton and Leon Bishop.