Canberra: Australian National University, 2003. Octavo, paperback, colour illustrations.
There is no denying that the unpredictability of Australia's climate poses real challenges for the agricultural community, especially as most conventional farming practices were developed on the relative predictability of a European climate. More recently though policy has been rejecting the notion that drought is a natural disaster and moving towards accepting it as an Australian reality, favouring an approach based on risk management.
However, the level of public debate during a drought event suggests that this policy approach has not been widely understood or accepted. Media reporting of drought rapidly adopts disaster-related language and the establishment of relief appeals reinforces the impression that drought is an aberration rather than a normal part of Australia's climate patterns.
Beyond Drought provides a multi-disciplinary discussion aimed at increasing the level of understanding of drought's many facets and its impact on the environment, communities and the economy. It introduces a range of perspectives in order to emphasize the complexity of drought policy and cuts through the often emotional debate, aiming to stimulate reasoned discussion about the best way that Australian farmers and the broader community can live with the vagaries of an uncertain climate.
Price: $30.00 AU