Newsflash from ABC News
"The chief executive of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Rob Freeman, has resigned.
Federal Water Minister Tony Burke says Mr Freeman will finish in the job on June 1 and become commissioner of the National Water Commission.
He will be replaced at the authority by Rhondda Dickson, the current deputy secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry."http://www.abc.net.au/news/
My personal opinion is that:
- everyone who opposed Craig Knowles' "Crash through or crash" approach is getting the hell out of there.
- Looks more and more likely that there will be a Irrigator Appeasement Policy in the MDBA, following the massive publicity they attracted to the Draft Plan.
- Good bye Ramsar Wetlands, etc.
- Tony Burke will be happy, as at least he will have "A Plan" - the fact that it will probably return to just a trickle for the River Red Gums and Wetlands is not important to him, for River Red Gums and Wetlands do not burn books on Television.
I sent that notice out privately, and got a request from my Blogging collaborator, Miss Eagle that I post it here.
Her comment is as follows:
- Please put this on The Body Politic.
- I was surprised that Freeman had not gone earlier. Perhaps remained to provide continuity after Mike leaving. Perhaps because he is a public servant.
- Why is he going to the National Water Commission? Is this a backhanded exit, needed to do some good while at the same time allowing Knowles a personal appointment. It need not mean an actual clash with Knowles - it could just mean that Knowles wants his own person in there. So what is special then about Dickson?
Brigid aka "Miss Eagle"
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