You might think being Prime Minister is the hardest job in politics.
And it's true, it's not something you just waltz into, but it's not the toughest gig going around - that falls to the minister responsible for the Murray Darling Basin Plan.
This week has proven to be a classic example of why it isn't simple.
Media reports have suggested the management of NSW's rivers is in disarray as nobody has bothered to check how much water is available or how much has been removed.
Around half of the state's water sharing plans are delayed by decades, unfinished and unverified.
Meanwhile, there's been scrutiny on how the state's water minister allowed floodplain harvesting to take place, despite being told human needs should come before cotton irrigation.
And all this is just in NSW, Queensland MP Keith Pitt's new responsibility - the Murray Darling Basin, stretches down to Victoria and into South Australia.
The minister was in Griffith this week to see some of the efficiency works the Basin Plan had helped fund and get an understanding of the size of the challenge he's facing.
Ructions in the National Party caused by Barnaby Joyce and Matt Canavan have a lot to answer for.
Not everyone was satisfied with the work that David Littleproud had done, or was yet to do - that's obvious to anyone who followed the Convoy to Canberra
But one thing is for sure - he had more of an idea of what he was tackling than Mr Pitt and that instability caused by personal and party politics isn't helpful.
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It's not to say that Mr Pitt isn't capable of getting across his responsibilities but for residents of the southern basin it's yet another delay.
If Mr Pitt believes a four-day tour of the southern basin is enough to prepare him for the political work which is coming, he's probably got another thing coming.
Murray irrigators cannot wait for drought-breaking rain - the survival of their farms, towns and communities is on the line now.
Murrumbidgee irrigators are also facing a dreary outlook of no allocations for general security licencees next season and it won't be long before that begins to bite our city and community.
Basin communities are on a deadline.