postedOctober 29, 2018 13:25:35 The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has revealed its new chairman, Dr Ian Poiner, who…
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has revealed its new chairman, Dr Ian Poiner, who has so far led to another organization that has been at the center of a crisis of government violating the authority.
The government recently lost a board member after ABC revealed that she had a number of potential conflicts of interest, including the Reef and Rainforest Research Center (RRRC).
Dr Poiner comes directly from his position as Chairman of the RRRC.
RRRC is a company that manages funds for environmental research and protection, with a lot of money through the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
Dr Poiner has had a prominent career, formerly chairman of the integrated marine observation system, and he was the managing director of the Australian Institute of Marine Science.
He has also conducted scientific research on a number of relevant topics, including tropical marine ecology.
In a statement, the Federal Environment Minister Melissa Price Dr Poiner welcomed that he would “make an important contribution to the reef’s continued health and resilience.” [1
9659008] But questions have been asked about the government’s decision to appoint him, considering the questions surrounding the RRRC and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA).
The newspaper was first published in a press release from RRRC on Sunday afternoon before a planned ministerial announcement had been made.
Within a few hours, the release was “officially recalled until further notice”.
The news comes only a few weeks after the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority had lost one of its board members, Margie McKenzie, after ABC revealed that she had serious potential conflicts of interest that were not properly declared.
Among the list of potential conflicts of interest was her husband, Col McKenzie’s position in the RRRC Board, which receives millions of dollars in funding from the government to throw the coral-eared crown dear star.
Both Col and Margie McKenzie personally suffered from the financing through their ownership of a subcontracting company to make the actual shutdown.
ABC also revealed that the RRRC changed a scientific assessment of its starfish death to the direct requirements of the report’s writer before it was sent to the government.
There is no suggestion that Dr Poiner had any knowledge about the change of the report.
The Marine Park Authority made it clear that the appointment of the new chair was part of a program to strengthen the organization’s governance, in the information it published when it advertised for the position.  “The new governance model requires the development of a comprehensive governance decision that includes issues such as governance values, operating protocols, conflict management and a new performance monitoring process,” said it.
Ariane Wilkinson, a lawyer from Environmental Justice Australia, said that the appointment raised some questions and required a survey of the RRRC’s performance.
“There are serious questions that need to be answered about the management of Crown Prince’s starfish program by the RRRC, including questions about the appropriate use of millions of taxpayers’ dollars and openness with GBRMPA on the impact of the RRRC program,” she said.
“The statutory function of the government is to conduct and monitor research and investigations on issues related to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
“In order to perform its role, the GBRMPA should require independent review of the RRRC performance.”
“To avoid real or perceived conflicts of interest, Dr Poiner, the new chairman of the authority, must disqualify from participating in all discussions on the RRRC.”
In his The first press release described RRRC Dr Poiner’s new role as “challenging”.
A quote to RRRC’s Executive Director Sheriden Morris said: “There are major challenges to the Great Barrier Reef, such as climate change, poor water quality and other human impact.”
“Ian comes with his deep understanding of the reef and the communities that trust it for these challenges [sic]. “
Dr Poiner did not answer questions about the appointment prior to publication.
However, when I answered previous questions, Dr Poiner ABC said he believed he had completely fulfilled his duties as Chairman of the RRRC Board and that all potential conflicts of interest had been managed in accordance with the organization’s policy.
The RRRC follows its COI policies and procedures, he says. “When the economic interest has been explained, the policy and procedures of the RRRC COI are applied. “
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