Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s chief business advisor has called for an independent inquiry into the Bureau of Meteorology, alleging it manipulates data and is “caught up in global warming politics”.
In an opinion piece in The Australian, Maurice Newman alleges the BoM’s records are “error-ridden”, citing claims the bureau fudges temperature records to support a warming trend.
“Trust in our national climate records is critical. Yet the more we see, the more we question. Now is not the time for a tame review,” Mr Newman wrote.
“No supporting documentary evidence, algorithms or methodology have been produced, leaving the unfortunate impression that temperature records were falsified.”
Mr Newman’s piece follows a series of articles published by The Australian questioning the validity of weather data collected by the BoM.
“As a member of the World Meteorological Organisation, the BoM is inevitably caught up in global warming politics,” he said.
Mr Newman, a former chairperson of the ABC and the ASX, said the bureau had to dispel suspicions it had a bias toward warming temperatures.
“The BoM is a large and expensive agency, employing 1700 people and costing more than $300 million a year to run,” he wrote.
“The importance of its database and the reliability of its forecasts go well beyond direct operating costs and daily bulletins.”
“Nothing short of a thorough government-funded review and audit, conducted by independent professionals, will do.”