Farmers may only be a small percentage of the Nationals' constituency, but with a potential money spinner on the table, it appears the Nats could be throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
Not only did we feel the heat from the explosion of the waterfront dispute in 1998, but there have been many disputes since. We thought lessons were learnt, but apparently not.
Agriculture has done a lot of heavy lifting as the economy battles its way out of a recession, but was seldom mentioned amid all the good news, promises and reports during Tuesday's main budget speech.
Can you really just subsititute in a meat alternative and expect to get the same level of nutrition?
In recent years, the state government has spent up on regional medical hubs in key centres across the state, but what about the hospital and GP services an hour or more drive away?
New technology holds many answers for a more efficient agriculture, but those same technologies increasingly need top-end chips - and they're in short supply.
The Land's Billy Jupp shares his thoughts on the ongoing mice plague in this week's Taking Stock column.