Next Government has powerful mandate to tackle water quality challenge

As negotiations continue over which parties will form the next government, it is clear the environment – particularly water quality - has become one of the major policy issues to tackle.

It certainly figured prominently in the election campaign, with intense media and social media debate and farmers taking to the streets to protest about how they feared some water policies would impact them.

The rural community's fears were fuelled by disinformation and exploited on the election trail by politicians all too ready to make the most of rural uncertainty and anxiety in order to get a few more votes. See more