15. Your freshwater policy doesn't mention LAWF. Are you supportive of the collaborative approach?

15. Your freshwater policy doesn't mention LAWF. Are you supportive of the collaborative approach?

Answer

We are supportive of the collaborative approach championed by the Land and Water Forum, which has had some success. On some issues the reason it hasn't had more success is because the Government has cherry picked their recommendations - all should be implemented otherwise the consensus approach loses its mana. On other issues the LAWF has showed the limits of a collaborative approach in the absence of some strong guiding principles. Some things are just too difficult to agree on without a default approach such as our suggested starting point of "polluter pays".