In the sausage factory that is policy making, the standard rule of thumb is usually that a good policy pleases no one entirely and everyone a little.
By that measure, surely the Deputy Prime Minister's Office has got it wrong in forcing the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to relocate to Armidale.
Coming from a ministerial office that helped produce the first holistic review and update of the nation's Biosecurity Act in 100 years not that long ago, one wonders where the policy minds have gone.
That said, given the farmers, chemicals industry, veterinary medicines groups, the government's elected opponents and the regulatory scientists themselves seem to oppose the idea, one could also ask where the political minds have also gone.
Decentralisation has long been a questionable term in Canberra's public service circles.
But in the Nationals party room, it has been treated as gospel.
A cost-benefit analysis of the move clearly showed there was limited benefit to either Canberra or Armidale, but plenty of costs.
In recent weeks, the public has been treated to glimpses of the problems: $26 million in moving costs; $157 million pulled from Canberra's economy; a staff of 200, more than half of whom will not move.
The internal strategy, forced from the government's filing cabinet by a Senate Order for the Production of Documents last week, has revealed the problems are as deep as the resentment likely percolating through the Wormald Street, Symonston office.
It shows the government will struggle to move even 10 of the authority's 103 regulatory scientists, and the specialised nature of the work means the legal, compliance and licensing divisions are also unlikely to go.
Many of the scientists would likely stay in Canberra and work from home, or a local cafe, using the innovative "virtual science network" that would serve as a back-up if they refused to move.
Given the government is already considering outsourcing the agency's legal work, perhaps the seven specialised lawyers on staff should consider setting up their own boutique Canberra firm and tendering for the work.
The 30 staff in the authority's case management and administrative arm have the ideal skill set for another Canberra regulatory agency seeking staff.
The official decision to move the authority also outlines only that it be moved at least 150 kilometres away from Canberra, or a state capital, in a "regional community" and "within 10 kilometres" of a regional university's main campus. Armidale is certainly not alone among the eligible rural locales.
For months now, this proposal has been a distraction at best for the Turnbull government.
Despite the growing evidence it is a needless and costly move, it seems Barnaby Joyce has won the day.
If nothing else, it is a sure indication of who is controlling Malcolm Turnbull's joint party room.