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Peter Pockley (pointing) during preparations at CSIRO's Parkes radiotelescope for the Our World global telecast in 1967 – the first global television broadcast. Source: CSIRO

Australia's longest-serving science journalist, and long-time columnist for Australasian Science, has passed away.

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Science Lost in CSIRO's Matrix

By Peter Pockley

Part 3 of this series documents some of the glaring omissions from a “warts and all” account of CSIRO.

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How a Tobacco Lobbyist Won over CSIRO

By Stewart Fist

In part 2 of this exclusive series, Freedom of Information requests of CSIRO internal correspondence reveal the machinations behind the eventual appointment of a former senior tobacco executive and lobbyist as the science organisation's Director of Communications.

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How a Communications Saga Rocked CSIRO

CSIRO in bed with big tobacco, as characterised in Australasian Science, April 2004 and July 2004. The cartoon was condemned by Sandland as “a scurrilous piece of junk”, yet Staunton got a member of her staff to ask the Editor for the original artwork to hang in her office. Credit: Simon Kneebone

CSIRO in bed with big tobacco, as characterised in Australasian Science, April 2004 and July 2004. The cartoon was condemned by Sandland as “a scurrilous piece of junk”, yet Staunton got a member of her staff to ask the Editor for the original artwork to hang in her office. Credit: Simon Kneebone

By Peter Pockley

A "warts and all" account of CSIRO has sidestepped some of its most embarrassing failures. The first blog in a series published online this month outlines the documentary evidence behind CSIRO's appointment of a tobacco lobbyist as its Director of Communications, which led to a public black ban of Australasian Science.

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Budget Analysis

By Peter Pockley

Chief Scientist Ian Chubb scores for science education.

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Scientists, Media and Society

By Peter Pockley

Peter Pockley reports from a conference held by the Australian Science Communicators.

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