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Peter Ridd Court Hearings Highlight Free Speech Crisis At Universities
29 March 2019

Peter Ridd Court Hearings Highlight Free Speech Crisis At Universities

“The court hearings of the case of Peter Ridd vs James Cook University (JCU) have now concluded and we await judgment. What the case has identified is a culture of censorship when it comes to challenging claims surrounding climate change and the Great Barrier Reef,” said Gideon Rozner, Director of Policy at the free market think tank the Institute of
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Fake Photographs At Heart of Peter Ridd’s Sacking
25 March 2019

Fake Photographs At Heart of Peter Ridd’s Sacking

EARLY last year a professor of physics at James Cook University was sacked – after a successful career spanning some forty years. Peter Ridd had won many university awards, including the inaugural ‘Supervisor of the Year’, presumably nominated by one or more of his thirty-something PhD students. He published over 100 scientific papers and earned the university millions of dollars
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Denying Comment From Experts, From The Marine Geophysical Laboratory
14 November 2018

Denying Comment From Experts, From The Marine Geophysical Laboratory

In the wake of the very high-profile launch of the WWF Save the Reef Campaign in June 2001, there was a flurry of newspaper articles. They uncritically reported the WWF claim that sediment was literally smothering the corals of the Great Barrier Reef – all the fault of farmers, whose activities needed to be better regulated. Many scientists were quoted
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No Mud on My Barnacles
2 November 2018

No Mud on My Barnacles

I lived for three years, from 2009 to 2012, in a delightful house just up from Lammermoor Beach with a view across to Great Keppel Island. Lammermoor Beach is part of the Mackay/Capricorn Management Area of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Like many of the beaches along north eastern Australia, Lammermoor is aptly described as a ‘low-energy shoreline’. This
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No Room For Differing Views
26 May 2018

No Room For Differing Views

“What happened to me has a massive chilling effect on debate,” says physics professor Peter Ridd, who was sacked by James Cook University last week after saying other scientists, including former colleagues, have exaggerated the dangers to the Great Barrier Reef. “Any scientist who might agree with me on the reef will just keep their mouth shut, it’s just too
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Ocean Acidification: Not Yet a Catastrophe for the Great Barrier Reef
20 February 2018

Ocean Acidification: Not Yet a Catastrophe for the Great Barrier Reef

The following is an excerpt from chapter 2 in Climate Change: The Facts 2017, published by the IPA in 2017. A PDF of the full chapter is available here, and the book can be purchased here. There has been an exponential increase in research on the topic of ocean acidification, which broadly concerns chemical changes in the ocean in response
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The Extraordinary Resilience Of Great Barrier Reef Corals, And Problems With Policy Science
2 February 2018

The Extraordinary Resilience Of Great Barrier Reef Corals, And Problems With Policy Science

The following is an excerpt from Peter Ridd’s chapter in Climate Change: The Facts 2017, published by the IPA in 2017. :A PDF of the full chapter is available here, and the book can be purchased here. The Great Barrier Reef is often used to show the imminent crisis we are supposedly facing from climate change. It is photogenic, the
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