D-Day for the single desk has arrived, but the future for Australian wheat exports remains little clearer.
Every side within the debate from hardened deregulationists to rusted-on single desk supporters will have issues with the non-decision, which pushes real action on wheat exports beyond the November election.
At face value, AWB appears to have done well out of the decision to have them manage the upcoming pool.
Government is not doing anything to sanction the disgraced exporter for its actions in Iraq, instead leaving that up to the legal sector.
Critics will say that by not acting, government has sanctioned the exporter's behaviour.
However, on the flip side, while the Government has given industry until March 1 to come up with a viable plan for a single desk system, in theory it is going to be hard to pull off.
Already, two of the five major grain growing groups are refusing to participate within the GCA framework.
And while four groups have come to agreement on their desire for a demerged AWB Ltd and International, consensus on the details of such a proposal is far from guaranteed.
This raises the question: has the canny Prime Minister simply scuttled the single desk as an election issue only to quietly move to the deregulated market favoured by the Liberals after the election?