22 March 2008

Murray-Darling



Want to know a dead-end game?
Murray-Darling water trading has
a stench redolent of advanced
decay; could you get more dead-
end than that? Some would say,
wait up a bit, you deny people
livelihoods out of hand. There’s
more to the scheme than a good
idea gone bad or its public image
being less flattering in drought.

It is about large rural economies
where land produces too little to
support industries except water
trading. Those who can do while
those who can’t sell water rights.
So list on the Stock Exchange and
be done with it, why fight a battle
of semantics? View it whichever
way you will but remember, the
Murray-Darling has the last say.
© 6 April 2008, I. D. Carswell
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