“Water policy is hard,” says Malcolm Turnbull, subject as it is to so many fiercely competing interests. Scott Hamilton and Stuart Kells interviewed many of these interests for their book, Sold Down the River: How Robber Barons and Wall Street Traders Cornered Australia’s Water Market. Opening the trade in water was supposed to make its allocation more efficient, but as the authors show, it has created a whole host of perverse outcomes. They demonstrate how we have failed to protect our most precious resource.
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Scott Hamilton is an author, researcher and policy advisor. He is a highly experienced senior executive with 30 years’ experience in climate change, energy, water, waste and natural resource management. He currently works as a consultant to governments, businesses and community organisations, and writes regularly for the Mandarin and other publications. Sold Down the River is his first book.
Historian Stuart Kells has twice won the Ashurst Business Literature Prize, and has been shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award, the NSW Premier's General History Prize and the University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award. Kells' shorter pieces have appeared in publications including The Paris Review, The Times, Lapham's Quarterly, Smithsonian and The Guardian. He is Adjunct Professor at La Trobe University's College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce.
Michael West is a Walkley Award-winning journalist who worked as a stockbroker and columnist and investigative journalist at both of Australia's major media houses before striking out on his own with independent website, Michael West Media. He is best known for his work on multinational tax avoidance and corporate and political corruption.