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Feeding the Fishes, A$1 Billion

The feature image is the view from a drone up about 120 metres, of me floating above the front of Pixie Reef, an inshore reef just to the north of…

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Australia’s Broken Temperature Record (Part 1)

The feature image, at the very top of this blog post, shows me at the Goulburn weather station in August a few years back. It could be that the last…

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Education Must Never Be Left to the So-Called Elite

Federal Education Minister Alan Tudge fought a spirited battle in 2021 to change the national curriculum so our children hate our country a little less. There is almost complete opposition…

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Too Much Coral Is Not Enough – But It’s Not Good Either

The Australian Institute of Marine Science recently released its annual survey of coral on the Great Barrier Reef. It shows spectacularly good results. For all three major regions of the...
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Pretending to Save The Reef

Scientists are collecting coral spawn to regrow dead parts of the Reef (see links below). The idea that the reef, which is as big as Germany, can be replanted this...
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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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