Peter Ridd

Education Must Never Be Left to the So-Called Elite
2 January 2022

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 by the educational elite, especially in university education faculties. The more they oppose, the more confident the minister should be that he has community support.I say this based on a
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Too Much Coral Is Not Enough – But It’s Not Good Either
6 December 2021

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 reef, once data uncertainties are considered, there has never been more coral since records began in the mid-1980s. This despite three supposedly catastrophic and unprecedented hot water bleaching events in
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Pretending to Save The Reef
3 December 2021

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 way indicates that the scientist might be becoming detached from reality. It is one thing to plant some corals on a few square meters, but there is no possibility that
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Cyclones Downs, Corals Up – Except in Glasgow
4 November 2021

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 less coral, but we have quite the reverse according to the official statistics. It is also making no sense that those who purport to care so much about the Great
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A Catch-22 Defeated Peter Ridd – But There’s Still Hope For Academic Freedom
14 October 2021

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 2018 after expressing contrarian views about the science regarding the Great Barrier Reef. He also made a range of other comments about the disciplinary process and broke the confidentiality direction
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Ruling Against Ridd Shines Light On Cancel Culture
14 October 2021

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 employees, a professor of physics, for questioning the science of climate change is an endorsement of the culture of censorship suffocating Australian life and further confirms that the nation’s universities
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Plain English Lost on the High Court of Australia
14 October 2021

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 freedom. The only thing that is neatly settled from this case is apparently ‘the science’, never mind that this is only because anyone who publicly disagrees with it is censored
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Peter Ridd’s Fight For Real Science Is Not Over
13 October 2021

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 the termination of Dr Peter Ridd’s employment by JCU was not a violation of Dr Ridd’s right to intellectual freedom. “This decision proves Australia’s universities are in crisis and a
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Bleached From a Distance
26 September 2021

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 camera, and to show me some of her photographs. My favourite is of the Parrot fish just beyond the magenta-coloured corals, shared above. Over the ledge the water is deeper,
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Knowing All the Species of Coral at Pixie Reef
9 September 2021

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 many corals are there at Pixie Reef, which is so close to the city of Cairns. Such inshore reefs are apparently in terminal decline. Flying at 150 metres altitude above
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