Peter Ridd Wins Biggest Victory On Free Speech In A Generation
16 April 2019
The Institute of Public Affairs has welcomed the historic judgement in the case of Peter Ridd vs James Cook University (JCU) with Judge Vasta finding that Peter Ridd was wrongly dismissed by JCU.
Read the IPA’s media release here.
Background on the court case
In May 2018, after an academic career of more than 30 years, Peter had his employment terminated as a professor of physics at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. Peter had spoken against the accepted orthodoxy that climate change was ‘killing’ the Great Barrier Reef.
There’s some absolute rubbish being spoken about the reef and people’s livelihoods are being put in jeopardy. If nobody will stand up, then this is just going to go on and on and on. It has to be stopped.
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Peter’s court case has enormous implications for the international debate about climate change, and for the ongoing crisis surrounding freedom of speech.