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. At our May lunch, he discussed the issues and what he thinks might be the solutions.
David’s academic discipline and long experience in government and political advice provided informed, dispassionate analysis of the problems in land management and political decision making which have failed this, the nation’s most important river system.
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. Download David’s presentation HERE. You can read more from David about why the Darling River has dried up in an article he wrote with John Langford in the May edition of Inside Story. That article is HERE.