Saturday, March 2, 2013

Langton failed to disclose mining company funding

Langton failed to disclose mining company funding:

INDIGENOUS leader Marcia Langton delivered the 2012 Boyer Lecture series and spoke on the economic dependence of Aboriginal Australia. However, her research was partially funded by big mining companies. Santos contributed $45,000, Woodside $30,000, and the federal government's Indigenous Affairs Department $300,000.

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Scientist and former Australian of the year Tim Flannery, whom Professor Langton accused in one lecture of racism, said the lectures ''take on a different light'' since the big resource companies' contribution was highlighted by website Crikey.

Professor Flannery said the views expressed were consistent with those of the mining industry in their criticism of environmentalists and advocacy of indigenous development and mining expansion going hand in hand.

''This goes to the heart of the credibility of the Boyer Lecture series,'' he said. ''There should be requirements for disclosure of this sort of thing and they should be abided by.''

While detailed on the University of Melbourne website, where Professor Langton is foundation chair of Australian indigenous studies, the industry funding was not disclosed to listeners when the lectures were delivered in the ABC's Brisbane studios late last year, broadcast on Radio National or extracted in Fairfax Media.


  1. We were all thinking this at the time.
    Sadly predictable these days.

  2. Bergman,Langton and the rest of them?

    One day they will be caught out,maybe the tax evasion connection to Vanuatu and the "old relations" Carol Martin and the "Illegal Signers"were trying to set up.

    One day.

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