Bloated CSIRO and ABC back on Turnbull’s gravy train
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
PM Turnbull continues to throw billions of our hard-earned at his favourite bureaucracies including the global-warming hoax, the ABC, and the CSIRO, each of which was marginally defunded under Abbott. But not a word of protest from the ABC or Fairfax about Turnbull’s complete lack of funding.
And not a word of protest from Assistant Minister for innovation, the over-promoted Turnbull sycophant, Wyatt Sumbugger, who appears to have been partaking of too much red cordial.
The ABC and the CSIRO was high on my published list of organisations deserving of substantial defunding under Abbott. The CSIRO has slowly become, over 100 years of spreading its obese frame from the NT to Tassie, a Green based, bloated bureaucracy that is adept at robbing the public purse and outright fraudulent behaviour.
Over 5,000 employees fill offices in each State and Territory in a massive, and unnecessary duplication of resources. It appears the CSIRO chiefs love plane travel.
Notable inventions and breakthroughs falsely claimed to have been invented by the CSIRO include:
Atomic absorption spectroscopy, the biological control of Salvinia.
The first application of atomic absorption spectra to chemical analysis was made as long ago as 1860 by Gustav Robert Kirchhoff (1824-87), who demonstrated the presence of various elements in the solar atmosphere. Together with Robert Wilhelm Bunsen (1811- 99), he showed shortly afterwards that atomic spectra, whether in emission or absorption, could be the basis of a powerful method of chemical analysis.
The CSIRO claims the invention of Linola (a flax variety with low alpha-linolenic acid content) used as a stockfeed.
Unfortunately Linola was the subject of no fewer than 14 different US patents prior to the CSIRO becoming involved. Patents were registered by Int. Minerals & Chem Corp on October 30 1951 and these were followed by many others, none of which was a CSIRO application, the latest being Borcherding Axel for the method of treating and processing lupine seeds with production of vegetable protein containing alkaloid, oil and protein on September 21, 2000.
Here’s another beauty... the CSIRO claims it invented the brilliant distance measuring equipment (DME) used for aviation navigation... It was developed in Australia all right, but it was invented by James (Gerry) Gerrand who did not even work for the CSIRO. He was co-opted later as a trophy to be exploited in publicity charades.
The CSIRO also claims to be the inventor of Myxomatosis. This one I really like because I spent two weeks in hospital recovering from myxomatosis poisoning after eating the imported English Redfin fish that had devoured thirsty rabbits that fell into the rivers with the virus. Myxo, as it is called, is the most cruel way imaginable to kill anything and it almost wiped out the Bilby. The CSIRO had naught to do with inventing myxomatosis! It was first recognised as a viral disease (Oryctolagus cuniculus) when it was used to kill European rabbits in Giuseppe Sanarelli's laboratory in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1896.
But here’s the doosey of all doosies The CSIRO signature invention is the much vaunted Wi-Fi technology that wirelessly connects your laptops to the internet. Again this claim is untrue! Australian scientists merely invented a crucial piece of the already-existing Wi-Fi technology, namely a chip that improved the signal quality of Wi-Fi to hotspots such as cafes, public buildings and homes.
The CSIRO has become extremely skilful at claiming all sorts of inventions, (some are valid) but most are directed at fooling the public and convincing dumb politicians to keep increasing its budgets.
Despite the CSIRO’s clear inability to compete profitably on the open market, Turnbull is in the process of reinstating its budget of $760 million and the ABC’s budget of $1.2 billion along with another $1.3 billion to be spent on “innovation”.
It’s indeed astonishing that not one cent of funding was forthcoming from Turnbull... a responsible question that was somehow dodged by an adoring Press gallery.
The question of funding was the gallery's "must ask first" when dealing with Abbott.