There are high hopes that the new year will bring a sense of normality back to the federal parliamentary system, with all sides of politics viewing 2020 to have been a “write-off” for much of everyday policy decisions. A host of important issues facing the country were placed on the backburner while governments both state and federal dealt primarily with the all-consuming covid19 crisis. But at some point the nation’s policy and lawmakers will have to deal with them.
Covid19 is likely to continue as a major domestic and international disruptor in 2021. While covid19 vaccines give some hope, they may be no panacea. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been remarkably good at preventing serious illness.
In this and over the next five editions of News Weekly, we will be publishing a series of articles to shed light on an ongoing social and environmental catastrophe: the Commonwealth Water Act 2007 and the Murray-Darling Basin Plan that sprang from it. It is a truly man-made disaster and a political scandal – and it has a political solution, which will become apparent to the patient reader before the end of the series. The first instalment, published here, provides an introductory overview of the issue.