Category Archives: Water

Qld-Commonwealth argy bargy over dam funding & vertical fiscal imbalance

The argy bargy over dam funding between the federal and state government reported by the Courier-Mail (State accuses feds of holding out on dam money) earlier this week is yet another illustration of a big problem in our federation: vertical … Continue reading

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Rookwood Weir business case should be re-worked – first one suggested it’s a poor project, though

Building a downsized 54,000 ML Rookwood Weir in Central Queensland, as the state government is now proposing following an estimated cost blowout, doesn’t appear sensible to me, as agricultural use of the water is critical to the project’s viability, and … Continue reading

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Townsville getting $250M Super Stadium, but running out of water

One definition of economics is that it is the study of the allocation of scarce resources to competing uses. It says each additional dollar should go to the use which provides the greatest additional benefit. As such, it looks very … Continue reading

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In case you didn’t appreciate how much rain we had…

…check out this chart from page 16 of the National Water Commission’s interesting new report on Future Directions for Urban Water: The dark blue shading stands for “highest on record”. There are other very interesting charts in the report (e.g. … Continue reading

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Disconnecting Allconnex

There was a scene in the classic political satire Yes Minister in which the redoubtable arch bureaucrat Sir Humphrey Appleby reflected on the profound shifts in public policy that occur from time to time: …I have served eleven governments in … Continue reading

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