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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Experts at cover-up?

The University of Newcastle is back in the news regarding the Doyle's Creek Mine and the one million dollars given to the University.

The Uni says it was a ‘"‘philanthropic agreement’’ between the two organisations" (Newcastle Herald).

This deal was made by Nick Saunders, now at Bond University.

"Senior university staff noted in internal emails concerns of the ‘‘irregular’’ manner by which John Maitland, also a former union boss and influential Labor Party figure, had made the offer on behalf of the Department of Primary Industries to establish a new chair position at the university.

However, the institute went on to write a letter of support for the mine proposal and sign agreements with the Department and Doyles Creek Mining, for $1 million from each over four years, to establish its Institute of Frontier Geoscience." (Newcastle Herald)

"The Independent Commission Against Corruption found a September 2007 letter of support from Newcastle University to Doyles Creek Mine backers was used, with similar letters, as a ‘‘political shield’’ to help disgraced former NSW minister Ian Macdonald protect himself from the inevitable criticism flowing from the Doyles Creek Mine exploration licence approval."(Newcastle Herald)

The uni established courses via the Institute for Frontier Geoscience.
"The first five-day course costs $3500, with no exams. Participants, described as "early to mid-career employees" in the coal industry, will receive a certificate of attainment on completion." (emphasis added)

For a detailed account of this matter (including the involvement of Nick Saunders, Bill Hogarth and Barney Glover), see also previous articles by Joanne McCarthy and SMH and more.

ICAC?, "irregular"? "political shield"? 

Corruption, misconduct, bullying, harassment, victimisation... the Uni's ever-expanding contingent of spin doctors better get busy.

1 comment:

  1. The University of Newcastle had 2.8 million donated to the music faculty and it has been squandered. As were the earnings from the battle of the choirs.