Table of Contents

Prologue – The danger of boredom

Conversations with Goyder’s ghost

(A context for talking about water)

Beyond sober thought

(Governments take control 1880s – 1920s)

Excluding lawyers from paradise

(Establishing a public policy framework 1900s – 1980s)

Alignment of the planets

(Another attempt at basin-wide management)

Talking sustainability dreaming production

(Contradictions within contemporary water management)

The chariot wheels of the Commonwealth

(Responsibility for reform – what should be done?)

Epilogue – Pragmatism, a philosophy of despair


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