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Australian leader announces sweeping water reforms amid record drought

Australian leader announces sweeping water reforms amid record drought

Prime Minister John Howard on Thursday announced a multibillion dollar package of water reforms aimed at easing Australia's five-year drought, a move his critics claim is a ploy to establish his environmental credentials ahead of federal elections later this year.
Already the world's driest inhabited continent, Australia's agricultural sector has been crippled in recent months by the worst drought in the nation's 106-year history. Most Australian cities are facing tight water restrictions, as reservoir levels continue to hit record lows.
Under the 10 billion Australian dollar (US$7.8 billion;


Updated : 2021-01-16 23:42 GMT+08:00