Strong water policy, but slow progress
Professor Crase will address the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) on Wednesday 20 March 2013 in relation to the policy mechanisms required to achieve an efficient allocation of water resources in Victoria.
‘The reduction of funding to the MDBA by the South Australian and New South Wales governments is of particular concern, especially as the Basin Plan now relies so much on adaptive management and this was accepted as a guiding principle by all states,’ says Professor Crase.
‘Without adequate funding of the group responsible for most monitoring in the basin, there will be no way of validating the outcomes of environmental water. Thus, any future discussion about environmental water allocation will again be based on politics and rent-seeking instead of on science.’
Professor Crase will make these comments in a presentation to CEDA’s 2013 Water Series, part of a diverse range of event series presented by CEDA that focus on topical issues on the national and state agendas.
The presentation will argue that while the policies required for bringing social, economic and environmental dividends to Victorians are well known, progress towards achieving outcomes is slow.
Professor Crase’s presentation, entitled ‘Getting the balance right between “integration” and “transparency”: Is integration another ruse for cross-subsidy in water?’ is available for download in Word [40KB] and PDF [260KB] format.
NB: Professor Crase's address to CEDA comes as independent water research at the Murray Darling Freshwater Research Centre on La Trobe University's Albury-Wodonga and Mildura campuses faces grave threats from funding cuts to the MDBA. This would mean a huge blow to efforts to manage the Murray Darling Basin, and for regional science education. Read more here.
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