In (or out) of hot water: Federal water policy post election

A panel discussion on water policy under the new Federal Government.

About this event

One month ago, Australians took to the polls and voted for change. As the dust settles, the ANU Institute for Water Futures invites you to a webinar, In (or out) of hot water: federal water policy post election. Join ANU Institute for Water Futures for a panel discussion to explore some of the key water policy pledges and progress towards them so far.

The experts will discuss topics including:

  • First Nations water rights and governance
  • The future of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and other initiatives to safeguard the basin
  • National Water Grid investment policy and what it means for water supplies in regional and remote communities
  • The new government’s commitment to climate change action, and whether it will be enough
  • Australia’s youth and the environment


Professor Mark Howden is Director of the ANU Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions. Mark has been a major contributor to the IPCC since 1991, with roles in the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and now Sixth Assessment Reports, sharing the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with other IPCC participants and Al Gore.

Dr Virginia Marshal is the inaugural Indigenous Postdoctoral Fellow at the ANU with the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) and the Fenner School of Environment & Society. The leading legal scholar on Indigenous Australian water rights, Virginia is Principal Solicitor/Director in her law firm, Triple BL Legal, specialising in native title, traditional knowledge protection and human rights.

Professor Jamie Pittock is from the ANU Fenner School of Environment & Society. His research focuses on better governance of the interlinked issues of water management, energy and food supply, responding to climate change and conserving biological diversity. Jamie directs research programs on sustainable water management in the Murray-Darling Basin. He is a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists and a scientific adviser to WWF Australia.

Dr Paul Wyrwoll is a research fellow at the ANU Institute for Water Futures and the Crawford School of Public Policy. He works on water economics and policy in Australia and the Asia-Pacific. His current research focuses on risk-cost-benefit analysis of water infrastructure projects and the economics of drinking water provision in regional and remote Australia.

Hannah Feldman is the ANU Institute for Water Futures research fellow at the School of Cybernetics. Hannah researches how young people engage with a changing climate through political action. Hannah’s latest projects investigated how and why teenagers end up forming events such as #climatestrike, and what happens when politicians tell them to “go back to school”…


Associate Professor Carina Wyborn is an interdisciplinary social scientist and research fellow at the ANU Institute for Water Futures and the Fenner School of Environment & Society. She studies the role of science and other types of knowledge in decision making, and specifically on the science, policy and politics of how decisions about the future are made.

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