First to leave the Sinking Ship
It has not gone without notice to us here at Victims of CSIRO that Dr Mark Lonsdale has indicated that he will not seek another term in the role of Chief of Ecosystem Science at the CSIRO.
For those who are unaware, Dr Lonsdale was Chief of the Division of Ecosystem Sciences during the period in which the division was issued with an Improvement Notice over its bungled handling of bullying and misconduct allegations by the Federal Government Health & Safety regulator, ComCare.
Dr Lonsdale was also mentioned in Senate Estimates in May 2012, being the manager who had complaints about him, referred back to him by CSIRO CEO, Dr Megan Clark.
Dr Lonsdale subsequently presided over the termination of the employee who had raised allegations against him.
It is a shame that Dr Lonsdale has been allowed to decide his own future within the organisation where many others have not, particularly in light of the damage Dr Lonsdale and others have caused to the reputation of the CSIRO.
We’ll leave it up to the current legal action lodged against the CSIRO to determine whether this was appropriate or not!