From a drought-stricken countryside to Murray-Darling mismanagement, Australia is facing a number of water-related issues. But it’s not just urban and agricultural water supplies that are under pressure. Also threatened are the many Indigenous Australians who depend on ailing waterways for their economic and cultural survival.

On this week’s podcast, presenter Quentin Grafton hears from Virginia Marshall and Katherine Taylor about why water governance can’t ignore the issue of justice, and how Australian policymakers can turn the tide of water policy for the better. This episode is hosted by Martyn Pearce and Sue Regan. Listen here:

Virginia Marshall is an Inaugural Indigenous Postdoctoral Fellow with the ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) and the Fenner School of Environment and Society.

Katherine Taylor is a PhD scholar at Crawford School of Public Policy, where she focuses on water governance and Indigenous water policy in Western Australia.

Quentin Grafton is Professor of Economics and ANU Public Policy Fellow at Crawford School, and Editor-in-Chief of Policy Forum.

Show notes | The following were referred to in this episode:

Podcast: A vision for the North – with Peter Yu

Australia’s ‘suicide prevention plan’ is barely worth the name – by Gerry Georgatos

Losing our heads about compulsory helmets – by Craig Richards

Technology, research and development, and national security – by Lesley Seabeck

Crawford School of Public Policy Facebook poll

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This episode of Policy Forum Pod was written, produced and edited by Martyn Pearce.

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