CSIRO Threatens employee who seeks Comcare intervention
The following letter from CSIRO Senior Executive, Mr Trevor Heldt has been provided to Victims of CSIRO for publishing. This letter demonstrates the lengths that CSIRO will go to in order to intimidate its employees, particularly those that are exercising lawful rights, such as for example, submitting a compensation claim to Comcare or seeking to have a decision set aside in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
Should CSIRO’s “legal eagles” have bothered to read the relevant Act, in this case, the Privacy Act, they would have formed the opinion that Dr Chyb was well within his rights to disclose this confidential report to his solicitor, Comcare and the Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal in pursuing legitimate administrative and judicial actions.
It is strange than an organisation which so tightly controls the flow of information and is so willing to litigate to protect its own intellectual properties, employs legal counsel that seem not to have bothered consulting the appropriate legislation before firing off such a highly intimidating, legalistic letter with absolutely no legal basis to support it in doing so.
Unsurprisingly, this action never went beyond threatening letters from legal types who really should have better things to do!
Surely the least Dr Chyb should be able to expect from Mr Heldt is a heart felt apology for the baseless threats that he was responsible for issuing.
We though Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Operations, Mr Mike Whelan was having a personal joke at Wednesday’s Senate Estimates Committee hearing when, with quite a straight face, he informed the Committee that the CSIRO was a ‘Model Litigant’.
The contents of the letter below seem to suggest otherwise!