Jul 9, 2010

Energy ministers accused of gagging criticism on policy

A new directive issued by the Ministerial Council of Energy (MCE) last month will infringe on the independence of the Consumer Advocacy Panel, consumer groups have told Crikey.

Tom Cowie

Crikey journalist

Federal and state government energy ministers are using a new review process to gag unfavourable reports on energy policy, according to consumer advocacy groups.


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  1. Stuart Beswick

    Is this seriously a complaint about a funding body undertaking a quality process for reports they fund? The time for paranoia is past.

    Can we just accept that if you get funding to deliver a report, or a project, or a program (or a whatever….), then the funder has the obligation (especially where its taxpayer dollars being spent) to monitor quality at every stage? That goes to facts and figures, grammar, where decimal points should be, the credibility of the research process (which should have been monitored in an ongoing manner anyway)

    In this day and age where the media love to jump on a publicly funded report that can be demonstrated to contain a mistake, if a report is found to contain inaccuracies and is published it shreds the credibility of the funder and the organisation – even if it is a decimal point in the wrong place (which can make a heap of difference to reported outcomes….)

    Didn’t we learn anything from the fiasco that was climategate? Or from the insulation debacle or now the green loans scheme? Taxpayers still expect that they will receive a decent product and laissez faire contract management will only occasionally deliver that.

    I’m sick of governance illiterate journo’s hacking things they don’t understand to push the agenda of someone else to come up with conclusions (that push the buttons of people even more ignorant than them) to deliver outcomes supported by no evidence base . (that’s a general beef not aimed at the journo of this article)

    Who would allow a report (that they are responsible for the funding of) to get published without reading it and providing relevant feedback? Neglect will get you fired in many organisations, even in the public service it can lead to a change in role.

    You outsource the production, not the responsibility for the product.

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