Demand is threatening to outweigh the supply of water in the Murray-Darling region, with prices set to double.
Maverick Kennedy MP Bob Katter has leveraged support from the Morrison Government for huge irrigation schemes in his electorate.
An Indian sandalwood company with plantations in the Kimberley is bought by global forestry giant Mercer International.
A call to use environmental water to help drought-affected farmers has been rekindled by Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, but his own colleagues are ruling out the idea.
Murray-Darling report finds drought and population decline leading to more southern job losses than the Basin Plan.
Ecologists, lawyers and those downstream say the national Murray-Darling Basin plan could be jeopardised under a state plan to hand irrigators lucrative new water licences.
Irrigators and Indigenous groups are cautiously optimistic about a deal struck by the Coalition Government and Labor to give certainty to communities in the Murray-Darling Basin.
When Pardoo Station in Western Australia's Pilbara changed hands two years ago, few could imagine the radical change the new owner had planned. Millions of dollars have been spent tapping into a "hidden underground" water supply to transform the arid country into a series of lush, green oases.
The Senate votes to block the Federal Government's changes to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, which could jeopardise the whole agreement.
Debate on the future of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is delayed amid ongoing negotiations between the Federal Government and Labor.