From the “trust me, I’m a scientist department” comes this story from soon-to-be-50%-renewables Queensland.
By Peter Campion
The Australian ABC is reporting that Professor Suzanne Miller has been stood aside as Queensland’s chief scientist after being charged with fraud by the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC).
“Professor Miller, who is also the CEO and director of the Queensland Museum Network, is expected to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates court on August 8. Bail conditions include that Professor Miller must surrender her UK and Australian passports.”
So has Australia snuck in an equivalent of the US’ pending Honest Act? No such luck as it happens. It’s just a simple insurance fraud matter. The ABC again,
“Court documents state between February 1, 2014 and July 24, 2017, Suzanne Miller dishonestly gained approximately $45,000 in benefit for namely herself using private health insurance of the Queensland Museum.”
Nonetheless Queensland authorities are taking no chances and are protecting against the possibility of the accused interfering with the evidence or with witnesses.
“Professor Miller must also not attend the museum or contact past or present museum staff, board members, employees of the Corporate Administration Agency, or contact any witnesses or potential witnesses.”
Where is the trust, you ask? Well, it seems it can still be found in some quarters. The Queensland Science Minister Leeanne Enoch praised Professor Miller’s work in the role, saying,
“The chief scientist has a very important role in Queensland and she has been incredibly successful in terms of putting science front and centre, not just in Queensland but in Australia.”
Colour me sceptical, but shouldn’t the role of “chief scientist” only go to someone with impeccable credentials, excellent character and the highest ethical standards? How does it come to pass that our legislators were drawing policy advice from someone who has been charged with fraud? And why are they still showing support for her work?
Are our politicians cognizant of the fact that a person who is prepared to defraud a health insurer may also be prepared to engage in fraudulent activity in any field with which they are involved? Surely the sensible thing to do would be to halt any policy roll-out based on this chief scientist’s advice until it has been thoroughly reviewed by a “red team”. No such plans were reported.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk did not even know if the chief scientist was suspended with full pay, saying,
“I’d have to check with the director-general but she has definitely been stood aside pending the outcomes of this investigation.”
Poor fella, my country! They say you get the politicians you deserve, but I’ve no idea what we’ve done to deserve the mob we have.
Queensland’s old advertising catchline needs updating – “Queensland; beautiful one day,
perfect buggered the next”.
Author: Peter Campion, co-founder of the Relaxivism movement