Helen M Garnett

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Helen Garnett was an occasional tobacco 'helper' in Asia, who worked as a consultant through the University of Wollongong, which is just south of Sydney, Australia. She is grouped in the literature along with the newly recruited Asian WhiteCoats in 1989, but she does not appear to be consistently a WhiteCoat herself.

WhiteCoats were usually academics who could claim to be 'independent scientists' expressing their own opinions; while, in fact they were undercover lobbyists, disinformation experts, and scientific influence peddlers for the tobacco industry. They were paid to attend and provide an industry viewpoint at scientific meetings, conferences, media briefings, etc. and act as witnesses in legal cases.


1994 - 2003 Executive Director of the Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and an Australian representative to the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency.
2003 Oct - 2008 Dec Member of the Audit Committee and Vice Chancellor of Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory.
2005 Jan She was appointed as a Director of Energy Resources of Australia
2009 Professor Garnett is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Wollongong,

  • a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
  • a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Professor Garnett is currently (2009) Director of the Business Higher Education Round Table Board and Director of the Museum and Art Gallery, NT Foundation." [1]

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  1. Helen Garnett, Energy Resources of Australia, accessed June 1, 2009.