EDITORIAL, The Weekly Times November 23, 2016 12:00am
IT’S not every day the Murray Darling Basin Plan makes headlines — its complicated web of legislation can be daunting for even those with the biggest interests at stake.
But its implementation must be discussed and developments this past week have made it clear that cool heads and good policy — not politics — must prevail.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case at last week’s ministerial meeting when South Australian Water Minister Ian Hunter let loose with a foul-mouthed tirade directed at his interstate counterparts, including Barnaby Joyce and Victorian Lisa Neville, before walking out on a meeting that continued without him.
His behaviour has gone largely undisciplined by SA Premier Jay Weatherill, who says he’s counselled Mr Hunter “not to use those words again” but backs the sentiments behind the outburst — every South Australian should be angry, Mr Weatherill reckons, if the state doesn’t get the extra 450GL promised.