Peter Ridd

Peter Ridd’s Fight Against Groupthink Is One For History Books
25 June 2021

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 has been engaged in a fight against the well-heeled James Cook University, his former employer, which censured and dismissed him from his post as a physics professor in 2018 for
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What Corals Can Tell Us About Climate Change
24 June 2021

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 thousands of years. Dr Abbot urged Australia’s Government-funded research institution to resume the program of coring corals and publication of trend data that appeared to cease in the early 2000’s,
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Truth Comes Second To Telling People How To Think
21 June 2021

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 is more or less obsolete. What it decides will be a marker for the state of our civilisation. On that day, the court will hear arguments in the dispute between
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The Science Behind Peter Ridd’s Dismissal
17 June 2021

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 the criticisms of that research made by Peter Ridd. According to Dr Marohasy, a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Pubic Affairs, academic freedom will be the central issue at
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Fighting For The Truth About The Reef
11 June 2021

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. If they did underwater, rather than aerial surveys, it would be difficult to ever justify blowing up biological diverse artificial reefs that are old spent oil rigs. It is also
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Reef Heresy: The Legal Saga
8 June 2021

Reef Heresy: The Legal Saga

An excerpt of Morgan Begg’s epilogue to Peter Ridd, Reef Heresy? (Connor Court Publishing, 2020). On 22 July 2020, the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia (the Full Court) allowed an appeal brought forward by James Cook University against a decision from a lower court which had found the university’s decision to terminate the employment of Professor Peter Ridd unlawful.
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Only Universities Think The World Hasn’t Changed
12 March 2021

Only Universities Think The World Hasn’t Changed

John Dewar, the vice-chancellor of La Trobe University in Victoria, is one of the country’s most perceptive vice-chancellors. As his university faces the potential loss of hundreds of jobs, at a staff meeting last week he was reported to have said: “[The federal Coalition government] thinks it is our fault we are reliant on international student revenue. They think we
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High Court To Decide On Peter Ridd Free Speech Case
11 February 2021

High Court To Decide On Peter Ridd Free Speech Case

The Institute of Public Affairs has today welcomed the historic judgement of the High Court in the case of James Cook University (JCU) v Peter Ridd, which has given Dr Peter Ridd special leave to bring on his final appeal. “This will be the most significant test case for academic freedom in a generation to be settled by the highest
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Measuring Old Corals & Coral Reefs (Part 2)
20 January 2021

Measuring Old Corals & Coral Reefs (Part 2)

Late last year, I went on an expedition in search of a type of very old coral known as massive Porites. Stuart, Shaun and I dived five very different coral reefs between Cairns and Townsville. The first was an inshore fringing coral reef to the leeward side of High Island. High Island is close to the Australian mainland, and not
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Measuring Old Corals & Coral Reefs (Part 1)
30 November 2020

Measuring Old Corals & Coral Reefs (Part 1)

Fundamental to science is measurement. It is a way of objectively assessing something, anything, even the state of a coral reef, even of an individual coral. Historically coral growth rates were measured by coring the really old massive Porites. A shutterstock photograph of coring a massive Porites, shutterstock_677259715 Like tree rings in temperate forests, the massive old Porites can be
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