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Salt in the wounds

Beresford, Q. (2001) Salt in the wounds. The West Australian, 10 November 2001. p. 3 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Newspaper article by Quentin Beresford.

Summarises the findings of 'The Salinity Crisis: Landscapes, Communities and Politics' published by the University of Western Australia Press.

The authors explore the social and political contexts that allowed the salinity crisis to reach such critical levels. The findings indicate a combination of political apathy and demand for cheap farming land encouraged Western Australian agricultural authorities to ignore scientific evidence of the link between mass land clearing and irreversible soil degradation for decades.

This article contains two photographs: a man walking across a salt flat, his shoe impressions clearly visible by Mogens Johansen and a 1918 homemade roller used for land clearing, courtesy of the Battye Library.

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This article is part of the WISALTS (Whittington Interceptor Sustainable Agriculture Land Treatment Society Incorporated) Collection.

Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: WISALTS Collection
Copyright: ©2001 The West Australian
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/55245
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