Over-use of a shrinking resource: can we save the Murray-Darling? (May Lunch)
Our May lunch is three days before the Federal election, at which water policy and politics will be a hot issue …Numerous reports tell us the Murray Darling basin is in crisis. How has this happened and what can be done to save the nation’s largest river system?
David Lewis is well placed to examine the vexed problem of the Murray Darling basin. His academic discipline and long experience in government and political advice guarantee informed, dispassionate analysis of the problems in land management and political decision making which have failed this, the nation’s most important river system. Join us to hear David’s ideas and discuss the policy solutions needed to save the Murray Darling.
David Lewis worked as adviser to Victorian minister of water Andrew McCutcheon. He later became director of water rights and markets, responsible for developing water trading and establishing extraction caps. He now teaches water policy part-time at Melbourne University.