Beyond contested interests in Australia’s water crisis
Projects for Coexistence: The Future of Food
IPCS in partnership with the Mildura Writers Festival
Thursday 21 October, 7.30pm on Zoom
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A deluge of recent books and reports provide just one indication of an escalating water crisis in Australia. While the causes of today’s contestation over water can be traced back through Federation and colonisation, the past two decades have brought new issues to the fore. From traditional owners’ demands for recognition and allocation of cultural water, to the de-coupling of water from land and pressures on irrigators to compete in a newly deregulated market, to the ecological impacts of over-extraction, to aggressive transnational trade in water for profit, to the broader impacts of climate change on water availability—it is clear that water is now ground zero in a supercharged battle over incommensurable interests and values.
In their new book Sold Down the River, Scott Hamilton and Stuart Kells describe the Australian water market as ‘the greatest public policy disaster’ in living memory. Addressing these fundamental issues for our times, this panel asks, how might water be governed differently—in the interests of communities, growers of food, the environment, life itself?
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Date: 21 October 2021
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Location: Online via Zoom