July 16th 2005

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: Federal Labor's crisis of identity

EDITORIAL: Decisive shift in US Supreme Court

LABOR PARTY: The lesson Labor still has to learn

WORKPLACE RELATIONS: No more hurdles for Howard's dismissal laws

RURAL AFFAIRS: Confronting the myths about agriculture

CENTRAL ASIA: China's march on central Asia

REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGY: The dark downside of donor insemination

PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY: Defending the role of parliament

STRAWS IN THE WIND: US fury at Israeli arms sales to China / Not helping the poor / Turn of the tide? / Government's embarrassment

OPINION: Free speech under attack in Victoria

Howard Government's attack on Australian workers (letter)

Why the silence over abortion? (letter)

Ignorance no excuse (letter)

High price of extra water (letter)

To rule or to govern is the question (letter)

Malaria worse than DDT (letter)

BOOKS: THE CUBE AND THE CATHEDRAL: Europe, America, and Politics without God, by George Weigel

BOOKS: MAO: THE UNKNOWN STORY, by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday

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High price of extra water (letter)

by Chris Rule

News Weekly, July 16, 2005

Pat Byrne, in his article, "Water trade to shift water from farms to cities", indicates that farmers "pay about $50-100 a megalitre as a delivery and infrastructure charge for high-security water" (News Weekly, July 2, 2005.)

He then goes on to say that for "low-security water, that is, extra water ... they may pay a slightly higher price".

The position is far worse. I know that in the Sunraysia district of Victoria, the going price for "extra water" for farmers is between $1,200-1,450 per megalitre.

Chris Rule,
Gilmore, ACT

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