THE announced relocation of Murray Darling Basin Authority jobs to Mildura, Griffith and Murray Bridge has been labelled an act of desperation by independent Mallee candidate, Ray Kingston.
Mr Kingston said that, in announcing the relocation of jobs, the National Party had ignored the recommendations of its own report from last year, Regions at the Ready.
"I am a strong supporter of decentralisation, so whilst I welcomes this move in principle, I have deep reservations about what looks like another ad hoc process knocked up on the back of an envelope in an attempt to shore up country seats in the lead up to an election".
Mr Kingston said that these matters require a long-term strategic approach and referred to the "near destruction of the pesticides regulator" after its relocation to Barnaby Joyce's electorate.
"The risk here is that the Government's poor planning will create further dysfunction in the Murray Darling Basin Authority, and discredit the whole concept of decentralisation for future governments," he said.
"Decentralisation done right needs a long-term bipartisan approach."