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Water Theft Maleficence in Australia

Baird, Alexander, Walters, Reece and White, Rob 2020, Water Theft Maleficence in Australia, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 1-15, doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.v10i1.1604.

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Title Water Theft Maleficence in Australia
Author(s) Baird, Alexander
Walters, ReeceORCID iD for Walters, Reece orcid.org/0000-0002-4956-9308
White, Rob
Journal name International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy
Volume number 9
Issue number 3
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Publisher Queensland University of Technology
Place of publication Brisbane, QLD
Publication date 2020-09-25
ISSN 2202-7998
2202-8005
Keyword(s) Water theft
Australia
water security
water regulation
Murray-Darling Basin
Summary The United Nations has repeatedly identified that freshwater security is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity, and that water theft is a global problem exacerbating human conflict, denying human rights and accelerating environmental despoliation (UN 2019; UN Water 2020). Australia is the world’s driest inhabited continent where water security is seriously threatened and constantly monitored by federal, state and local authorities. The devastating 2019-2020 bushfires across Australia serve as a stark reminder of the nation’s vulnerabilities to drought and the imperatives of water security and sustainability. Whilst some threats are undoubtedly climate induced, it is widely reported the ‘theft’ of water is playing an increasingly significant role in compromising Australia’s water security. This article provides a critical overview of the contemporary significance of water theft and its governance. It interrogates official documents of government inquiries, examines court proceedings, and provides a green criminological perspective on future policy, practice and prevention.
Language eng
DOI 10.5204/ijcjsd.v10i1.1604
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 1602 Criminology
1608 Sociology
1801 Law
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2020, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30143309

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