CSIRO admits workplace breaches

Posted on October 18, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |


After at least a dozen allegations of endemic failure within their ranks, CSIRO have finally admitted, after a year of denials, their failure to adopt and follow effective workplace policies and procedures.

Under questioning from Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck in Senate Estimates today, it was confirmed that CSIRO:

  • – Have given incorrect information during the Senate Estimates process on at least 14 occasions;
  • – Have provided a range of conflicting and inaccurate responses to questions regarding workplace bullying;
  • – Are yet to correct Hansard regarding the many aforementioned matters of inconsistency;
  • – Have clearly breached the OH&S Act and are now belatedly introducing new procedures; and
  • – Have failed to fulfil their obligations to at least 38 of their employees under the Fair Work Act.

“CSIRO’s attempt to whitewash these persistent failures through the adoption of new procedures does not solve the cultural problems within the management of the organisation,” said Sophie Mirabella, Shadow Minister for Science, today.

“There must be an immediate correction of all of the misleading answers that CSIRO have given over the past twelve months.

“Persistent breaches from CSIRO management are disappointing and must be fixed to restore CSIRO’s reputation as a professional scientific organisation,” Mrs Mirabella concluded.

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