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Water Reform, Property Rights and Hydrological Realities

Conference paper

This paper by Neil Byron and Gavan Dwyer was presented to the Melbourne Institute 2006 Economic and Social Outlook Conference, Making the Boom Pay: Securing the Next Generation of Prosperity, at the University of Melbourne, 2-3 November 2006.

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Contents

Introduction

Factors affecting water availability - 'risks to shared resources'

The role of property rights
Farm dams
Plantation forestry
Groundwater extraction
Bushfires
Changes in irrigation management

The NWI and water reform

Moving away from an over reliance on planning

Conclusion

References

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