Saturday, 20 August 2011

Dr Art Raiche, Retired CSIRO Chief Research Scientist - No Carbon Tax Rally, 16 August 2011

Dr Raiche repeats the Gillard question, who do you believe, CSIRO or Alan Jones?

"He who pays the piper calls the tune."

ASEG Gold Medal recipient in 2006, “For exceptional and highly significant distinguished contributions to the science and practice of geophysics…”

Principal scientists contractor to CSIRO in the geophysical Electromagnetic Modelling Group for exploration and environmental applications.

Dr Raiche talked of the days when the CSIRO was a world class organisation and worked for Australia, Agriculture and Industry.  Skip to 8mins into it for the best bits if you  haven’t got time, where he says:
The original Scientists of the CSIRO were the best of their day and the CSIRO was a non-Government organisation working with quality science and how useful it was to Australia. (research)
In the 80′s, I noticed we were under increasing pressure to become more “Business like” and the doors were opened to “Management Consultation.”
Layer upon layer of management was created, some intersecting others.
You think that your tax dollars went towards research but a lot of it was devoted to letting them play their management games…. the CSIRO was sent to fancy business schools in the US and Europe and they didn’t learn one thing…
Management learned how to bring the most senior climate scientist under their control. It was OK to think independently…as long as Management approved of it.
We were given very strict, VERY strict guidelines on not publishing anything or publicly discussing any research that could be seen as critical to Government policy.If we did not do it, we would be subject to dismissal.
We had now become a Government Enterprise. We were told by the Chairperson that we Scientists no longer worked for Australia, we had to learn that we worked for the CSIRO.
(Thanks to JOSKO for above comment and quote)

During his address, Dr Raiche talks of Clive Spash. Clive wrote a paper that was critical of the then proposed Emissions Trading Scheme. He thought a carbon dioxide tax was a better way to control CO2 emissions. See a report in The Australian. His paper was accepted for publication by the journal New Political Economy after being internationally peer-reviewed. Clive can be heard in an hour long address HERE.

Thanks to No Carbon Tax for the Video and post.

Address was at No Carbon Tax Rally, Canberra, 16 August 2011
Film by Phil Cole, edited and uploaded by Sean Morris, No Carbon Tax TV