Some interesting quotes
"The case of Ruth Hall:
Hall was a leading expert in antibiotic resistance who was involuntarily retrenched from CSIRO in
2003. In 2005 she was elected to the Australian Academy of Science. In 2011 she won the
McFarlane Burnet Medal of the Australian Academy of Science. According to newspaper articles
at the time:
• The Industrial Relations Commission stated that the forced redundancy of Ruth Hall
“smacked of real harshness and injustice”. It “raised real issues of public interest”
"The case of Colin Ward:
• Three time winner of CSIROs highest honour, the Chairman’s Medal
• Hailed as a potential Nobel Prize winner
• The CSIRO Chairperson praised his work as “reflecting the quality of science being
delivered by CSIRO”
• He was involuntarily retired by CSIRO in 2006, within weeks of winning the CSIRO
Chairman’s medal yet again
• His work was instrumental in the discovery of the first universal flue drug, RelenzaTM, and
the establishment of the ASX-listed company, Biota. (Market capitalisation at the time:
"The case of Chris Strauss:
• Strauss was a scientist at the forefront of his research field, using microwaves to carry out
organic chemical synthesis. He designed and built one of the first microwave reactors and
is considered a “father” of microwave chemistry internationally.
• Strauss received numerous awards for his ground-breaking work, including the 2005
Birch Medal, which is the highest award that the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
(RACI) can bestow, and the RACI Inaugural Green Chemistry Award. He was the first (and
only) CSIRO scientist to ever win the Birch Medal. That was in 2005.
• In 2006 he was made involuntarily redundant by CSIRO.
• Microwave reactions are today a major new field in synthetic chemistry."