It was no surprise to see, via The Australian on Thursday, the Queensland government planned to withdraw funding from Noel Pearson's controversial Cape York welfare reform trial. It's been on the cards for a while.

In fact, the program will continue -- the publicity and federal intervention led to Queensland Premier Campbell Newman confirming ongoing funding within hours of the report being published. Political expediency, it would appear, has trumped long-standing concerns over transparency, good governance and value for money at Cape York. The concerns were valid.