Drought in the 1990s

  • 133 pages

  • Published: 1 Apr 1999

  • Author(s): Stehlik, D, Gray, I, Lawrence, G

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Drought has brought recurring disaster since the settlement of rural Australia. Battling against it has become part of Australian tradition and has been seen symbolically to reinforce the cohesion of Australian society. Nevertheless, anecdotal ‘stories’ and media reporting continue to remain the main sources of information and provide less than reliable evidence for decision making by key stakeholders. Often the mythology of ‘the Australian bush’ obscures the reality of the lived experience of those families who, in the 1990s, have experienced a drought of up to six seasons.