• water sector;
  • wastewater sector;
  • urban water policy
  • L95;
  • H42;
  • R00

In this brief comment on Abbott and Cohen (2010), we identify two shortcomings in their paper on the Australian water and wastewater sectors. First, the empirical literature survey in the paper is deficient because it does not adequately cover the Australian scholarly work in the area. This neglect inter alia negates some of the recommendations for further research offered by Abbott and Cohen (2010). Second, the paper has overlooked important work on urban water markets in Australia undertaken by the Productivity Commission. This has also served to undermine some of the conclusions drawn in the paper.