When Willis Eschenbach was caught lying about temperature trends in Darwin, I pointed out that the Australian Bureau of Meteorology trends agreed with those from the NOAA and asked:
I suppose the next argument is that the NOAA and the BOM are conspiring together to falsify the temperature record.
And something like that has happened, of course. Joanne Nova writes:
A team of skeptical scientists, citizens, and an Australian Senator have lodged a formal request with the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) to have the BOM and CSIRO audited.
Now, the likely outcame of this will be similar to what happened in New Zealand, but in the mean time they can use their request to manufacture doubt.
The list of names signing the request is interesting:
Senator Cory Bernardi, Joanne Nova, Andrew Barnham, Anthony Cox, James Doogue, Chris Gillham, Ken Stewart, Dr David Stockwell
Although styling themselves as a team containing “skeptical scientists”, only one of them even has a PhD.