Murray Darling Junction, Wentworth NSW.
Marking farms more water-efficient pushes up prices twice as much as buying water back.
Farmers rally outside Parliament House on Monday, December 2 2019. The most important drivers of farmer exit in the Murray-Darling Basin are changing climate, economics and demographics.
Our study predicts a further 0.5℃ increase in temperature by 2041 will halve the current number of farmers in Australia's Murray-Darling Basin
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Buybacks by open tenders were a successful, cost-effective way of returning water to the Murray-Darling Basin. They should never have been abandoned.
The failure of infrastructure subsidies is no surprise to economists that have studied the problems of the Murray-Darling Basin for decades.
Billions of dollars have been spent on infrastructure schemes in the Murray Darlling Basin with no measurable improvement.
Week two of the federal election campaign has just flown by.
Deep Saini speaks with Michelle Grattan about the week in politics.
Joyce is known in general to have been a meddling minister.
The controversy over the water purchase is based on an old story; the election has enabled it to be resurrected for a powerful fresh spin around the political circuit.
The federal government committed to reducing water extraction from the Murray-Darling Basin.
The latest Murray-Darling Basin scandal calls into question whether the government is using public money wisely.