Anarchy and the state

A pattern of cynicism and neglect
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May 2021, no. 431
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Dead in the Water: A very angry book about our greatest environmental catastrophe ... the death of the Murray-Darling Basin by Richard Beasley

Allen & Unwin, $29.99 pb, 294 pp

Anarchy and the state

A pattern of cynicism and neglect
by
May 2021, no. 431

In July 2020, Indigenous residents of the remote central Australian community of Laramba lost their case in the Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal. For decades, the water that flowed through the taps into Laramba homes had been contaminated with high levels of uranium – about three times the safe limit. The case was a desperate attempt to force the government to assume legal responsibility and to fix the problem. They didn’t succeed: the Tribunal found that the Department of Housing (as the landlord) wasn’t required under Northern Territory law to provide safe drinking water to its tenants.

Kirsty Howey reviews 'Dead in the Water: A very angry book about our greatest environmental catastrophe ... the death of the Murray-Darling Basin' by Richard Beasley

Dead in the Water: A very angry book about our greatest environmental catastrophe ... the death of the Murray-Darling Basin

by Richard Beasley

Allen & Unwin, $29.99 pb, 294 pp

Buy this book

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