Water for a Big Australia | BTalk

Last Updated May 2, 2011 7:10 PM EDT

Podcast

Rebecca Gill
(Episode 735; 15 minutes 46) Listen on iTunes.
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 (pdf). Listen in to find out whether or not, based on her research, Rebecca believes there is enough water to go around.

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