That is the question asked in The Australian today [HT: Sinclair Davidson]. The case concerns an economic policy paper by Dr Clive Spash who has worked for the CSIRO’s sustainable ecosystems division since 2006.
The paper, by the CSIRO’s Clive Spash, argues the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme is an ineffective way to cut emissions, and instead direct legislation or a tax on carbon is needed.
… But Dr Spash told the Australia New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics conference that the CSIRO had since June tried to block its publication.
The paper has apparently been accepted for publication in New Political Economy (although there are claims the CSIRO is trying to block that publication).
But The Australian article raises lots of issues and does not seem to make sense. Looking at the Conference website, Spash is listed as a Professor with affiliation “Independent Research for the Environment (IRE)” and not the CSIRO. In addition, Spash maintains a website that lists dozens of publications since 2006 when Spash was employed by the CSIRO and points to a repository of papers by that division of the CSIRO. Finally, the paper under question appears to be about vested interests gaming public policy. The paper is not available but it does not appear to be empirical. In any case, it is hardly surprising that the a government organisation might worry about its employees speaking publicly about what appears to be, essentially, politics.
Thus, in contrast to the newspaper article, a brief examination shows that the CSIRO is hardly gagging research coming out in this area — indeed, the opposite with Spash able to maintain a considerable public presence.