"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.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?
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."
Police state anyone?
Oh, oops, sorry: that was the Howard government.
Now we're free, kind, warm, fuzzy, happy and cleansed of wrong thoughts.