The federal government is seeking to prevent bureaucrats testifying but there are plenty of others determined to have their say

In our interconnected world, where state and federal governments rely on co-operation to tackle the major challenges of our time – environmental degradation, climate change, privacy, cybercrime and issues that cross borders – it seems churlish for the federal government to bar its bureaucrats from giving evidence at the South Australian royal commission into the Murray-Darling.

The federal government filed in the high court on Tuesday seeking injunctions and declarations that the South Australian royal commissioner, Bret Walker SC, did not have the power to compel testimony from federal bureaucrats.

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