with Richard Beasley, Grant Rigney and Margaret Simons / Chaired by Rick Sarre
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The Murray-Darling Basin is dying. Despite its catastrophic plight, and the devastating findings of the South Australian Royal Commission, policy is corrupted, neglected or ignored. Richard Beasley draws on his experience as Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission in Dead in the Water, a book that is simultaneously hilarious and deadly serious, and very, very angry. Margaret Simons’ celebrated Quarterly Essay, Cry Me A River (QE77), is both a portrait and explanation of our current predicament. Grant Rigney is the Director of the Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations.
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Richard Beasley is a Senior Counsel at the New South Wales Bar. He was the Senior Counsel Assisting at the Murray-Darling Royal Commission, established by the South Australian Weatherill Government in 2018 and conducted by Commissioner Bret Walker SC. Apart from that, he is the author of five novels, including Hell Has Harbour Views, which was adapted for TV and screened by the ABC. Richard’s most recent book about the Murray Darling Basin, Dead in the Water, is his first work of non-fiction.
Margaret Simons is an award-winning journalist and the author of thirteen books, including biographies of Malcolm Fraser and Penny Wong. She won the 2015 Walkley Award for Social Equity Journalism and has been honoured with several Quill Awards for journalistic excellence.
Grant Rigney is a committed and passionate citizen of the Ngarrindjeri Nation with over 15 years’ experience working within the challenging area of water management and water reform. From 2011-4, he was Chair of the Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations (MLDRIN), a confederated body of 28 Sovereign First Nations within the Murray Darling Basin, and from 2014 has served MLDRIN as Deputy Chair. Grant also has extensive experience working with and for his Nation in the areas of cultural education, natural resource management, heritage protection, governance, rights advocacy and native title.
Emeritus Professor Rick Sarre has degrees in law and criminology from universities in Adelaide, Toronto, and Canberra, and in 2015 was awarded an honorary doctorate from Umeå University, Sweden. He is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology. He is a Professorial Fellow of the Australian Institute of Police Management. He retired as the Dean of Law at the School of Law, University of South Australia, in 2020.