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Tax as a solution for irrigation water scarcity, quality and sustainability: case studies in Australia and New Zealand

Published on 01 Oct 21 by "AUSTRALIAN TAX FORUM" JOURNAL ARTICLE

This article utilises three case studies to examine the issues of water scarcity, quality and sustainability arising from agricultural irrigation schemes and suggests a role for tax policy to address these issues. Selected to raise different water for irrigation issues, the case studies are the Murray Darling Basin in mainland Australia, the Australian island state of Tasmania, and the Canterbury region in the South Island of New Zealand. We refer to the literature on water taxes for each case study and apply to each the water tax economic objective, which is to encourage efficient allocation of water to its highest value use.

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Lisa Marriott
Lisa is an Associate Professor in Taxation at the School of Accounting and Commercial Law, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. - Current at 29 May 2019
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Diane Kraal
Diane works for Monash Business School, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. - Current at 31 March 2020
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Jagdeep Singh-Ladhar
Rob Whait

 

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