I once regarded the CSIRO as a superlative organization, not politically parochial but a boon to science and discovery, particularly in rural fields like I was involved in. How things have changed over the previous decade, but more rapidly in the last 5 years. It is no wonder past and retired CSIRO scientists look on aghast at it’s current state:

The Political Corrosion of the CSIRO

Tom Quirk

[…]The CSIRO’s great days were in providing technical solutions for Australia’s farm sector, where small-scale producers were unable to fund innovation or capture its fruits. At that time, Australia’s universities were unable to undertake the public-good research and a specialist institution was established.

Those days are now decades gone, but the institution remains like a dead weight on the Australian economy and its contributing scientific base, providing mediocre public-sector careers for scientists who are insulated from the increasingly globalised Australian economy. The…

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