Illustrating what everybody really knows about the corruption of the government grants process, certainly with the rivers of gold dedicated to bolstering the warmists, The Australian published a piece this morning which showed the way insider academics reward weach other with the loot from the taxpayer.
The paywalled article by Julie Hare says
An analysis by The Australian reveals the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s advisory panel chaired by Melbourne University professor Snow Barlow has awarded members or collaborators $23m from a pool of $77m in the first two rounds of a four-year program aimed at climate change mitigation and adaption in agriculture.
It presents a map of the links between individuals who have published together and how the individuals who are awarded grants are linked to those on the panel.
The article explains
Panel member Richard Eckard, a methane specialist who runs Victoria’s Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre, was named lead researcher on one project and secondary researcher on four in FtRG (Filling the Research Gap) round 1, netting $4.2m. PICCC “actively facilitated nine projects,” Professor Eckard wrote in the PICCC newsletter last June. “Eight (the ninth is still in negotiation) . . . were successful in securing funding from this round of FtRG..”
Professor Barlow is also lead convenor of another group, the Primary Industries Adaptation Research Network. Its co-convenors include Professor Eckard and four other DAFF expert advisory panel members: Peter Grace, a senior research scientist from Queensland University of Technology; Ross Kingwell, chief economist with the WA Department of Agriculture and Food; Beverley Henry, who works with Professor Grace at QUT and Mark Howden, a lead researcher from the CSIRO.
Professor Barlow said as chairman, he spoke on behalf of the expert group.
“It is important to recognise that this is an R&D program with very specific priorities which applicants must be able to address if they wish to be successful,” he said. It is also in a relatively new area of science.
“For this reason it is understandable the limited pool of researchers would be closely connected professionally.”
All this funding going to warmista fanatics and their journeymen assistants ever willing to write what is necessary in order to remain within the sheltered workshop illustrates symbiotic relationship between politicians and large elements of the research establishment. Cancelling the grants involved would bring a double saving of less money directly expended and a reduced pressure on the economy from measures like renewable programs and funding of high cost green facilities that the research is funded to promote.