Posted on June 3, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |


 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[1].

“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.

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I wonder if this investigation will be as credible as the one conducted by CSIRO’s Legal Counsel into the unreliable testimony of two senior CSIRO witnesses at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and further senior executive who made a signed statement and was then forced to concede under questioning that he was not in a position to have made those claims. Apparently publicly embarrassing the CSIRO and wasting millions of dollars of tax payer funds is not sufficiently serious enough to warrant misconduct proceedings.

Senior CSIRO officers are apparently a protected species, at leased within the hallowed halls of national research agency.

Perhaps it is time for the Minister to refer the matter to the Australian Federal Police

Yes why shouldn’t they be a protected species? even Stalin was a highly protected person in the USSR. Beria was more protected than Stalin (but ended up in the glows as his protection was envied by his comrades)

One should never envy the protection provided to people wasting million of dollars of tax payers funds.

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