COMMERCIAL FRAUD ALLEGATIONS – CSIRO INVESTIGATES ITSELF
It has been revealed at Senate Estimates today that Labor’s response to serious allegations of corruption and fraud at CSIRO was to ask CSIRO to investigate itself.
Fairfax newspapers reported on 11 April 2013 that a Swiss manufacturer was deliberately deceived by CSIRO officials about the effectiveness of a technology designed to prevent the sale of counterfeit drugs.
“Months after the Government was embarrassed into launching an investigation into these very serious allegations of corruption at CSIRO, we hear today that the investigation is being conducted by none other than CSIRO itself,” said Sophie Mirabella, Shadow Minister for Science, today.
“This comes on top of the so-called review into multiple allegations of workplace bullying at CSIRO which has not satisfied the complainants that it is independent.
“CSIRO should have nothing to fear from a genuinely independent investigation into allegations of serious misconduct.
“By refusing to instigate independent investigations, the Government is irresponsible and negligent in allowing CSIRO’s reputation to continue to be seriously damaged,” Mrs Mirabella concluded.