Let the river flow

Building a new politics for the Murray-Darling

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  • Published 20200204
  • ISBN: 9781925773804
  • Extent: 264pp
  • Paperback (234 x 153mm), eBook

THE TWO MEN stand knee-deep in river water the colour of pickled cucumbers.

‘My name is Dick Arnold and I’m here with Rob McBride for this really sad bloody shot here…’

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