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Cyclones Downs, Corals Up – Except in Glasgow

It is impossible to reconcile the official statistics and what is under-the-water with the media reporting – including the reporting from Glasgow. There are meant to be more cyclones and…

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A Catch-22 Defeated Peter Ridd – But There’s Still Hope For Academic Freedom

Peter Ridd has lost in the High Court, but the judgment has nevertheless set an important precedent in favour of academic freedom. Ridd was sacked by James Cook University in…

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Ruling Against Ridd Shines Light On Cancel Culture

*Pictured above: Former James Cook University researcher Peter Ridd. Picture: Jamila Toderas The High Court of Australia’s verdict in favour of James Cook University’s right to sack one of its...
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Plain English Lost on the High Court of Australia

Coral reefs can be messy, and so can court cases. And so it is with the case of Peter Ridd, sacked by James Cook University because he exercised his intellectual…

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Peter Ridd’s Fight For Real Science Is Not Over

Photo: Cameron Laird The Institute of Public Affairs has expressed its dismay at the High Court of Australia’s judgment in the case of Ridd v James Cook University which found that…

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Bleached From a Distance

I lent my underwater camera (Olympus TG-6) to a dear friend who recently visited Lady Elliot Island at the Great Barrier Reef. She came over last Sunday to return the…

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Knowing All the Species of Coral at Pixie Reef

Everyone loves the Great Barrier Reef, particularly its corals. Everyone knows that a reef has different species of coral. But how many species should an average inshore reef have? How…

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Peter Ridd’s Fight Against Groupthink Is One For History Books

Peter Ridd’s stand for academic freedom in the High Court on Wednesday should be remembered as a uniquely heroic moment in this nation’s history. For more than five years Ridd…

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What Corals Can Tell Us About Climate Change

A new paper from Dr John Abbot, Senior Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs, reveals that records from living and fossilised corals show natural variations in temperature stretching back…

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Truth Comes Second To Telling People How To Think

On Wednesday, the High Court has the opportunity to defend academic freedom in Australian universities, but to do so it must explicitly reject a lower-court ruling that this vital principle…

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The Science Behind Peter Ridd’s Dismissal

A new paper from Dr Jennifer Marohasy has tackled four big myths that have taken hold in Great Barrier Reef research, and in so doing has highlighted the importance of…

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Fighting For The Truth About The Reef

It is an injustice that turtles are blown up in the Gulf of Mexico because American oil companies choose a particular and inappropriate method for undertaking surveys before setting explosives….

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