From the independent panel’s basin report:

By Geoff Adams

“When speaking about water recovery, many people told us the reduction in the water available in the consumptive pool exacerbates the effects of drought and climate change.

“They noted it removes a buffer to drought conditions, and reduces the scope for post-drought recovery.

“Many believe future climate change will worsen these cumulative impacts of water recovery.

“We heard significant community concerns too about the distributional impacts of water recovery, which people believe have advantaged some communities and disadvantaged


“The Australian Government should not be held responsible for farmers who are caught on the wrong side of the market when prices rise or fall, except when government interference in the market causes the price change.”