Water for a Big Australia


Whenever the topic of population growth is mentioned, the argument crops up that Australia doesn’t have enough water to support more people.

The Treasury’s 2010 Intergenerational Report forecast a population of 35 million by 2050. The Water Services Association of Australia predicts by 2056 urban water demand will have increased by 76 percent. Where will all this water come from?

In this edition of BTalk, I discuss the issue with Rebecca Gill, a research fellow at the Centre For Independent Studies. She has studied the availability of supply in her recent paper Droughts and Flooding Rains: Water Provision for a Growing Australia. So, based on her research, does Rebecca believe there is enough water to go around.

First published on CBS News

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