The Australia Institute

released 15 March

This paper explains that cotton production does not fluctuate in response to flow variability as much as the industry and market commentators claim. Government and private storages,and water allocation policies,provide the industry with a much more regular water supply than the refrain of ‘when it doesn’t rain we get no water’ suggests. In fact,the Barwon-Darling/BarkaRiverand its people are labouring undera crushingbut unacknowledgedwater debt, owing waterto the irrigation industry, by virtue of state and Federal water management

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