In the news – delay of review a “farce”

The Canberra Times 15.02.2012

Author – Roslyn Beeby

The CSIRO delayed the release of an independent expert review of its oceans and climate research division for almost a year, claiming the report had to be signed off by the agency’s board before being circulated to staff.

CSIRO Staff Association president Michael Borgas has blasted the reason given for the delay as ”a farce”, saying the reviews are usually widely circulated to scientific staff for comment.

”In this case, staff were not given the chance to do this,” he said.

Dr Borgas has accused CSIRO’s top management of suppressing the report to avoid staff scrutiny of its recommendations and ”to allow a self-important management culture to implement its own agenda regarding the direction of future research”.

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