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Title Buying back the river
Published 2008


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 WATERFT  300.994 Fco/Rne  2008/10/20  AVAILABLE
Description 1 videodisc (DVD) (45 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Series Four corners
Four corners (Television program)
Summary "Another crisis, another bailout... With liquidity at a critical low, this time it's the Murray-Darling Basin whose survival hangs on a desperate $12.9 billion injection - a sum that shades what the Rudd Government is spending elsewhere to cheat a worldwide recession. The Government's rescue deal for the Murray-Darling - food bowl spanning a seventh of the continent, water source for 3 million people, lifeblood of internationally-recognised wetlands - has met everything from muted applause to outright hostility. Buying back water from farmers to give the environment a drink might sound uncontroversial. But some farmers and townsfolk claim the Government is wasting big money buying productive land only to take it out of use. Others fear their water entitlements are under threat. The Government's water buyback is accentuating divisions between north and south. From the dying Coorong in South Australia to the thirsty grazing and cotton lands of northern NSW, fingers point north towards bigger users upriver. Send water south is the demand. Some even accuse their neighbours of water therft: "If this was white collar crime in the city they'd throw away the key," says one cattleman and cropper. Four Corners goes bush to gauge the opposition to the Government's water buyback and the sheer magnitude of its task as it spends billions buying back entitlements that were given away in bygone days. "It's by far the biggest adjustment in natural resource management in our federation. The scale of the task is gigantic," says scientist Peter Cosier. "It's a very challenging set of circumstances," acknowledges Water Minister Penny Wong in a classic understatement. Back of Bourke, Four Corners meets locals who claim the Government's purchase of a historic station will damage the regional economy and deliver more air than water. Most disturbing, as reporter Sarah Ferguson reveals, is a hangover from a federal-state arrangement which means that as quickly as Canberra buys water back, new water licences may be issued by state authorities. It's yet another hugely frustrating chapter in a sorry history of intergovernmental haggling over the Murray-Darling Basin."--ABC website
Notes Off-air recording of ABC1 broadcast October 20, 21, 2008. Copied under Part VA of the Copyright Act
Performer Reporter: Sarah Ferguson
Notes DVD
No rating given
Available for Deakin University staff and students only
Subject Water quality management -- Murray-Darling Basin
Watershed management -- Murray-Darling Basin
Rivers -- Regulation -- Environmental aspects -- Australia
Rivers -- Australia -- Management
Streamflow -- Australia
Murray-Darling Basin -- Environmental aspects
Murray-Darling Basin -- Management
Author Ferguson, Sarah
ABC-TV (Australia)