A matter of opinion
The first question isn't hard to answer. Funnily enough grains research isn't concentrated around SW NSW. indeed it doesn't take much examination of the significant research programs to understand that a decision to base in the ACT makes eminent sense for the proximity to those programs as well as closeness to other key stakeholders. None of the key stakeholders (other than the Minister) thinks this is a good idea. What's worse blowing $30mil of growers levies on such a move and losing world class staff that risks the broader research program will do enormous damage to the broader industry.