Former Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce did nothing to progress drought policy since the last intergovernmental agreement between the Commonwealth and the States.
Abolishing SCoPI (the COAG committee) was one of Barnaby Joyce’s first acts as Agriculture Minister and since then no initiatives have been forthcoming.
Farmers in Barnaby Joyce’s own electorate are now suffering the consequences of his actions.
The closest Barnaby Joyce got to a drought policy was his Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) pork barrel which is stalled in the Senate.
The RIC is to be located in Orange where the Nationals lost a State seat for the first time in 69 years.
It’s time for new Agriculture Minister David Littleproud to step up. He will have bipartisan support.