My e-mail to the Chief Scientist dated 17/8/09 (Similar –posted on radio 2UE link e-mail.
Dear Ms Sackett,
I have sent the following e-mail to 2UE after your interview yesterday afternoon:
On Wilton and Robertson's show on Sunday afternoon(16/8). Australia's Chief Scientist Ms Penny Sackett said that she did not know about any "peer-reviewed" paper that was against the hypothesis of anthropogenic (man-made) global warming(AGW).
As a committee member of the newly formed Climate Sceptics Party (http://www.climatesceptics.com.au) I found this remark to be either duplicitous or showing a great lack of research from the Chief Scientist of our great nation.
My e-mail contained the following references to peer-reviewed anti AGW papers:
I asked our party's Secretary, who holds dual qualifications in Law and Science to give me a list of peer-reviewed papers.
Here is his reply.
here are 2 sources;
then there is this site;
then there is the reference list for the petition;
and don't forget the recent McLean, Carter and de Freitas paper;
And my paper with Dr Stockwell;
Not to mention numerous papers by Professor Stewart Franks;
Can you really say that you were not aware of any of these papers?
My e-mail attracted a generic reply from the Department but nothing from either 2UE ot the Chief Scientist:-
I then sent the following by surface mail to 2ue Management with a copy to the Chief Scientist:
The CLIMATE SCEPTICS PARTY
118 Pacific Highway East,
Ourimbah NSW 2258
02 4362 7114
19 August, 2009
170 Pacific Highway,
Greenwich NSW 2065
Cc -Office of the Chief Scientist
c/- Science and Research Division
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
GPO Box 9839 CANBERRA ACT 2601
Cc Mr Leon Ashby; Mr Anthony Cox; Climate Sceptics Party.
Re Broacast: Murray Wilton and Clive Robertson Interview with Ms Sackett 16 August 2009.
During the course of this interview, the Chief Scientist made a dubious statement. I have e-mailed Mr Wilton twice. The first time requesting a transcript of the interview and the second time with many links pointing to the error made by the Chief Scientist.
I also sent the same email to the Chief Scientist.
As Spam filters often erase e-mails with many links, I am attaching hard copy of the e-mail.
Could you please keep the transcript and forward a copy.
With thanks in advance
I received nothing from the Chief Scientist but the following reply dated 21/8/09 from 2UE’s General Manager Tim McDermott:-
Dear Mr Brown,
Thank you for your letter dated 19 August 2009. 2UE always appreciates feedback from listeners.
When I listened to the referenced interview, I did not hear anything that concerned me. Even though you indicated that you “find it difficult to believe that Ms Hackett was not aware of certain information” (Interestingly, Mr McDermott’s quotes (“ “) but not my words!) that does not necessarily mean that her acknowledgement was inaccurate. In this instance, I am afraid I cannot agree with your concerns.
He then went on to say that they were not obliged to provide transcripts of broadcasts.
If they thought there was nothing wrong (and there was nothing wrong from their side), why not show goodwill by providing the transcript?
Snail mail sent 19/9/09 to 2ue's Mr Mc Dermott and Chief Scientist;
118 Pacific Highway East
Ourimbah NSW 2258
19 September, 2009
Mr Tim McDermott
General Manager 2UE
PO Box 954
Cc The Chief Scientist
Dear Mr McDermott
Thank you for your letter dated 21 August 2009.
Attached please find a Media release regarding this matter..
Perhaps you would like to share the attached Media Release with your newsroom.
Subject: Message from Office of the Chief Scientist [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
Date: 17 August 2009 5:58:20 PM
Thank you for your recent correspondence to Professor Penny D Sackett, Chief Scientist for Australia. Your e-mail has been received. This is an automatic response.
To find out more about the Chief Scientist, you can visit Professor Sackett's official website at www.chiefscientist.gov.au.
Office of the Chief Scientist
02 6276 1727