The Murray-Darling Basin Plan just might set our nation’s hardest working river on a sustainable course. Or it could join the list of great Australian reforms that fell over in their implementation, writes ACF's Jonathan La Nauze.
It’s worth asking why Australia’s top business groups were suddenly up in arms about this 'green tape'. The nominal answer, that national environmental laws are duplicative and burdensome, doesn’t hold much water.
Federal Water Minister Tony Burke faces a tough situation as he takes possession of the Murray Darling Basin Authority's draft plan – a plan that fails to meet three quarters of the authority's own targets.