I don't know about you, but in my experience PR flacks seek to release information to influence the way it is reported. It's not a conspiracy. It's BAU.At no stage did Rush deny the existence of the report. The request was to provide a reference.
It was you who used the high end number (out of context) purportedly to make your point, not CSIRO.
"... which no doubt they fully intended." Ah yes, it's a conspiracy.
And why the flick would he need to seek validation of a report if he already knew it existed?
As for links, I post on a phone. I wouldn't know how to do it if I tried. This is a fun place, not an academic forum. Frankly I think the whole case citation or academic referencing that people do here is to give the whole thing a seriousness and gravitas that just doesn't exist.
Each to their own. Outside weather perhaps I don't think there's any highbrow discussion occurring here, and nor should there be.