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Sharing Water from Transboundary Rivers in Australia — An Interstate Common Law?

In the forthcoming edition of the Melbourne University Law Review (vol 39(1)), Dr Adam Webster examines the argument that the common law could provide a solution to interstate river disputes. The following is the abstract of the article: In Australia, the sharing of water from a river — such as the Murray River — that flows […]

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Water Wars and Water Laws

During National Water Week (19-25 October), Dr Adam Webster was interviewed on Radio Adelaide and was asked whether the days of fighting over the waters of the River Murray are finished. Will the Murray-Darling Basin Plan weather a storm of litigation? Click here to listen to Adam’s interview.

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Are the days of fighting over the Murray finished?

Speaking on radio this week in the lead up to National Water Week (19-25 October 2014), Dr Adam Webster considered whether the days of fighting over the waters of the River Murray are over. For a copy of the University of Adelaide media release click here.

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The Constitution and the Murray-Darling Basin

In an article published in the October edition of Law Society of South Australia’s Bulletin, Dr Adam Webster explains the way in which the Constitution has shaped water regulation in Australia. Adam also examines the recent decision of the Federal Court involving an unsuccessful constitutional challenge to the Water Act 2007 (Cth) – Lee v […]

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UPCOMING EVENT: Troubled Waters: Constitutional issues in water regulation in the Murray Darling Basin

The South Australian Chapter of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law is pleased to present Dr Adam Webster, Adelaide Law School speaking on Troubled Waters: Constitutional issues in water regulation in the Murray Darling Basin Adam will examine some of the constitutional issues surrounding water regulation within the Murray-Darling Basin.  In particular, he will discuss […]

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The River Murray Dispute

The River Murray Dispute is one that has defined the Australian federation since its inception, although its nature has changed as the River’s use for navigation and trade has receded and its importance as a water source for irrigation and drinking has increased. Nowhere is the dispute felt more strongly than in the downstream State […]

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