Great Barrier Reef

IPA Media Release – IPA Launches ‘Beige Reef’: A New Short Film By Dr Jennifer Marohasy On The Great Barrier Reef
14 November 2019

IPA Media Release – IPA Launches ‘Beige Reef’: A New Short Film By Dr Jennifer Marohasy On The Great Barrier Reef

The Institute of Public Affairs has released a new, must-watch short film by Senior Fellow Dr Jennifer Marohasy which contradicts everything you’ve heard about climate change threatening the Great Barrier Reef. In February this year, The Economist reported that “rising temperatures are killing the coral” at the Great Barrier Reef and “if this goes on too long, the reef will
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Climate Change: The Facts — And How You Can Help To Spread Them
7 October 2019

Climate Change: The Facts — And How You Can Help To Spread Them

As the editor of the last book   — and the next — in the Institute of Public Affairs’ Climate Change: The Facts series I spend a lot of time pondering the nature of ‘facts’. A fact is something that has become known as true.  A fact may be dependent on accumulated knowledge.  Facts are considered superior to an opinion or
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Come Visit The Reef With Me, Misha Ketchell
23 September 2019

Come Visit The Reef With Me, Misha Ketchell

Fundamental to the scientific method is the assumption that reality exists independently of our belief systems; that there is such a thing as evidence, and that it matters. Misha Ketchell, is the editor of the popular academic publication The Conversation, has been quoted claiming to care so much about the evidence that the opinions of ‘sceptics’ must be excluded when
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10 Days at the Magnificent Great Barrier Reef (Part 1, Whitsundays)
31 August 2019

10 Days at the Magnificent Great Barrier Reef (Part 1, Whitsundays)

I’VE spent the last 10 days snorkelling, paddle boarding, and droning over the coral reefs of the northern and southern Whitsundays. I’ve been with a great crew including Clint Hempsall who has an underwater camera and he has taken so much footage … been filming underwater all of this time. We started at Horseshoe bay that is right in Bowen
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Some Coral Just Isn’t Sexy Enough For James Cook Uni And The Climate Inquisition
7 May 2019

Some Coral Just Isn’t Sexy Enough For James Cook Uni And The Climate Inquisition

The First Finding handed down by Judge Salvador Vasta in the Peter Ridd court case concerned Bramston reef off Bowen and a photograph taken in 1994 that Terry Hughes from James Cook University has been claiming proves Acropora corals that were alive in 1890 are now all dead – the fringing reef reduced to mudflat. Meanwhile, Peter Ridd from the same university,
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Smashed by Debbie – Middle Island Corals
24 April 2019

Smashed by Debbie – Middle Island Corals

This is the third in a series reporting on the reef adventure – Part I (Denying the Littoral Zone at the Great Barrier Reef) here and Part II (The Eerie Ancient Coral Reef at Bowen, with a Crocodile) here.  We have been led to believe that smashed coral is our fault – that when it is lying on the sea
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The Eerie Ancient Coral Reef at Bowen, with a Crocodile
22 April 2019

The Eerie Ancient Coral Reef at Bowen, with a Crocodile

MOST people rarely venture into nature – they certainly don’t spend much time on coral reefs. When they do, they may expect the fish and corals to be as bright, colourful and perfect as the last nature documentary that they saw in full surround-sound on a wide screen. Such images come from professional photographers staying underwater for hours, perhaps after
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Denying the Littoral Zone at the Great Barrier Reef
20 April 2019

Denying the Littoral Zone at the Great Barrier Reef

The coral reef off Bowen, in North Queensland, is only dead to the 2,500 marine scientists who attended the conference in Cairns on 9th July 2012. That day, they were shown photographs of a mudflat … and told that mud now covers what was once healthy coral reef, and that this reef off Bowen is an example of the “sad
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Peter Ridd Has Defeated The Climate Inquisition Thanks To You
17 April 2019

Peter Ridd Has Defeated The Climate Inquisition Thanks To You

Peter Ridd was a professor at James Cook University who dared to question claims that the Great Barrier Reef is facing imminent catastrophe from climate change. Eventually he was sacked for not backing down. But with public support support he insisted that the university undertake some quality assurance of its research, and refused to be censored, for continuing to speak
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Peter Ridd Wins Biggest Victory On Free Speech In A Generation
16 April 2019

Peter Ridd Wins Biggest Victory On Free Speech In A Generation

The Institute of Public Affairs has today 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. “This judgement should rightly send shockwaves through Australian universities regarding their commitment to academic freedom and how they deal with academics who hold a contrary view
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