Surely, the drought issue should be bipartisan across the political spectrum.
But no. The appointment of Barnaby Joyce as special drought envoy by incoming prime minister Scott Morrison has drawn criticism from Labor and the Greens.
Many farmers and rural businesses are at wit’s end, as in some areas the drought bites harder by the day.
Normally understanding of the rural scene, Labor’s agriculture spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon lashed out, reportedly saying the appointment to the position would allow the former Nationals leader to campaign across Australia at public expense.
Is that the issue? I thought we were talking about aid in drought areas that so far affects NSW and Queensland, not all of Australia, and Joyce’s seat of New England is right in the affected area.
Totally losing the plot, Fitzgibbon said the appointment of climate change denier Joyce was a slap in the face for all in the sector who want meaningful drought policy reform. How disingenuous could Mr Fitzgibbon be. Into the debate he has dragged climate change and drought policy.
The issue of climate change is being well and truly discussed, and surely any future drought policy is an issue for the future.
What is needed is action now. Get on board, Mr Fitzgibbon, so that the message gets through to those affected by the drought, and the wider Australian community, that there is a real sense of care.
Mr Joyce has also backed the call for environmental water in storage be used for the growing of fodder crops to feed livestock. The Greens have butted in, describing the move as reckless, ripping water out of the environment. Would they really know?
Then to insult to injury, prime minister, Mr Morrison has been accused of visiting drought areas as a political stunt.
Well, he had the sense not to stop off at David Jones and buy an Akubra, moleskins and elastic-sided boots.
For generations, country shows have been an injection of lifeblood into rural communities.
Some are thriving, but others struggle mainly due to a lack locals wanting to take up the onerous tasks around running an event.
The latest show to falter is the historic Jingellic Show, with the decision being made to longer hold an event.
The Jingellic showgrounds are among the most scenic venues anywhere.
Balancing the books for such events is very, very difficult as interest in core events wanes.
The benefits of sponsorship are difficult to attract.
Many shows have transitioned away from the traditional cattle, sheep and other livestock to all forms of equestrian and, in some cases, dog showing.
The change in direction is also evident at shows such as the Royal Melbourne.
This year, the headline act is Jimmy Barnes. His billing is aimed directly at a metropolitan audience.
In the past, it may have been the iconic country Aussie John Williamson.