Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/9906
Title: Recent Developments in Australian Environmental Law and Policy
Contributor(s): Kennedy, Amanda L  (author); Martin, Paul  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2011
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/9906
Abstract: As the last Australian 'Country Report' in this e-Journal foreshadowed, a draft 'Murray Darling Basin Plan' has been prepared, and the first stages of public consultation has begun. This outlines a long-term plan to address water management problems in Australia's largest agriculturally significant geographical area. The Murray Darling Basin covers over 1 million square kilometres of land, including parts of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria. Water resources in the Murray Darling Basin have been under incredible stress, owing to sustained drought, climate change, and over-allocation of entitlements which, uniquely, are fully tradeable and not tied to land. Prepared under the Water Act (2007), a "Guide" to the proposed 'Plan' (released in October) is the first stage in a process which aims to restore water flows throughout the Basin by identifying where water is needed, what the limits to extraction are, and setting legally enforceable reductions to water allocations (under which Basin States retain responsibility for setting water use allocations). The Guide to the proposed 'Plan' proposes significant cuts to water allocations from Basin rivers, in some areas as much as 45 per cent.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: IUCN Academy of Environmental Law e-Journal, 2011(1), p. 47-52
Publisher: International Union for Conservation of Nature Academy of Environmental Law
Place of Publication: United States of America
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 180111 Environmental and Natural Resources Law
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 940110 Environmental Services
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
Publisher/associated links: http://www.iucnael.org/en/component/docman/doc_download/665-australia.html
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