While Cubbie Station is a vast blight on Queensland’s environmental record, and on water policy in Australia generally, its entry into voluntary administration is nothing to celebrate. It is merely confirmation of what has been evident for well over a decade -- Cubbie Station was fundamentally unsustainable.

Yesterday afternoon, an even more cranky than usual Barnaby Joyce held a press conference up in the Press Gallery and launched a savage attack on his Coalition colleague Bill Heffernan, in effect blaming both Heffernan and the Government for Cubbie’s fate. If Heffernan was especially litigious, which he isn’t, he might consult his lawyers, so critical were Joyce’s comments.