December 22, 2007

Just a little bit controlling

From the ABC News:
"The CSIRO, the Australian Research Council and Cooperative Research Centres [both statutory authorities] now have to have their media releases cleared by the PM's office to make sure they reflect the new Federal Government's key messages.

The secretary of the Department of Innovation, Industry Science and Research, Mark Paterson, is the senior bureaucrat who issued the new directive.

Mr Paterson says it is not about controlling the message, it is about consistency.

"It was something that we were asked for from those agencies so that they were certain as to how to deal with media releases," he said.

"The essence of the message was that the Government wanted to ensure a degree of consistency in message on key messages and therefore wanted to clear key messages through the Prime Minister's office."

Mr Paterson says it is not an unusual move, and similar things happened under the previous government."
I strongly object to any bodies, most particularly research bodies, being subject to political and ideological cleansing prior to my being permitted to read their press releases. What comes next, the research itself?

Police state anyone?

Oh, oops, sorry: that was the Howard government.

Now we're free, kind, warm, fuzzy, happy and cleansed of wrong thoughts.


  1. Nothing ever changes. What complete and utter bullshit: "important meassages". Who decides what's important?

    There is no excuse for government control over what the CSIRO says in its media releases.

    What next Caz? What next will be what happens under the Bushocracy in the US: science papres and releases will be "edited" to make sure that anything that disagrees with the government's view is excised.

    Utter bullshit. It should be resisted fiercely.

  2. Anonymous8:54 PM

    Bloody appalling!

    CSIRO is responsible to the relevant Minister under the governing legislation. Is Rudd going to look over his Minister's shoulder too?

    My energy levels say I should wait for the New Year before starting with the Rudd Bashing, but this is just too much!!!

    And we thought we were done with this kind of control freakery? Hah!!

  3. Anonymous9:28 AM

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.
    Why am I not surprised here?

  4. Anonymous9:34 AM

    Napoleon Rudd takes over the farm.

  5. Anonymous9:38 AM

    Top of the mornin Kath me darling. I trust you have been a good girl all year and when you sit on Santa's lap all your dreams will cum true.

  6. Anonymous10:00 AM

    Why Santa, you cheeky devil, you!

    I have been VERY good.

    But when I'm bad I'm better!(winks)