ethics of chasing moulting penguins

Subject: ethics of chasing moulting penguins
From: Peter Lansley <>
Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2000 15:49:17 +1100
I wrote:

Surely the public service (which Richards email address suggest he is part
of) are experts at coming up with reasons why the public should be kept in
the dark? Why is it so different when info. is withheld from possible
misguided action by 'officials' - as Tony has shown, this does happen from
time to time

Richard Johnson replied:

>God forbid that I should keep anyone in the dark! Mate, I know you're living in
>only-just-post-Kennett Victoria, but your cynicism about the public service
>generally is a bit unkind. By the way, I too can read email addresses and note
>that I have a foot in your camp, having been a member of RAOU/BA for 15 years. 

I still reckon there might be a few 'Sir Humphrey' types around even after

To clarify, I am not anti-public service, quite the opposite really. I once
worked in the Vic. DCFL (conservation, forest & lands), now sometimes called
Dept. of constant name review!. Joking aside, I enjoyed my stint working
there and I acknowledge the commitment and professionalism of most wildlife
people with whom I worked (more than one of them regularly contributes to
birding-aus). I'm sure it is much the same in other states of Australia, and
doubt the 'for profit-sector' could do as well on the same funding (I note
there are rumours of the privatization of the bird and bat banding scheme in
Canberra - how would that work?).

I agree that as bird people we are all 'on the same side', and I do hope
Richard eventually sees a penguin or two - they are very charismatic birds.

Cheers :)
Peter Lansley
Birds Australia

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