Peter Ridd

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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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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Fly-Past Coral Surveys
11 February 2021

Fly-Past Coral Surveys

This morning, Peter Ridd’s legal team will be asking the High Court to hear his appeal against his sacking by James Cook University. The High Court does not agree to hear most cases. They consider cases that have a wider legal implication. His legal team continue to focus on the academic/intellectual freedom clauses in most university enterprise agreements and on
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Law To Protect Academic Freedom Will Prevent Another Peter Ridd Case
28 October 2020

Law To Protect Academic Freedom Will Prevent Another Peter Ridd Case

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has welcomed the introduction of the Higher Education Support Amendment (Freedom of Speech) Bill 2020 into the House of Representatives, which introduces a definition of academic freedom into legislation in line with the recommendations by former High Court Chief Justice the Hon Robert French AC. “The Federal Court decision upholding the
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James Cook University Appeals Dr Peter Ridd’s Victory For Free Speech On Climate Change
22 September 2019

James Cook University Appeals Dr Peter Ridd’s Victory For Free Speech On Climate Change

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has condemned James Cook University for proceeding with its appeal against the Federal Circuit Court’s decision in favour of Dr Peter Ridd earlier this month. “James Cook University must reverse its position to appeal the decision. This will only prolong this already ugly dispute. Dr Ridd won this case on all
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Dr Peter Ridd Condemns Free Speech Crisis At Universities
21 June 2019

Dr Peter Ridd Condemns Free Speech Crisis At Universities

Marine Geophysicist, Dr Peter Ridd, has said his experience with James Cook University, and the slow take up by universities to the free speech model code proposed by former High Court chief justice Robert French, demonstrates there is a crisis of free speech at Australian universities in an interview with the Institute of Public Affairs’ Looking Forward Podcast, released today.
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Galileo Wins Court Case
26 April 2019

Galileo Wins Court Case

‘Vindicated. The score is 17-nil, the judge’s findings were damning. It could not have gone better,’ Professor Peter Ridd explains shortly after the historic judgement in Ridd v. James Cook University was handed down in Brisbane last week. This was a momentous occasion. It came 1,082 days after this whole ordeal began when Ridd was first unlawfully censured by the university for
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Can’t Howl This Down: More Must Be Done To Protect Free Speech
24 April 2019

Can’t Howl This Down: More Must Be Done To Protect Free Speech

Former chief justice Robert French’s review into university freedom of speech is a powerful vindication of those who have raised concerns about free speech protection on Australia’s campuses. The review’s terms of reference instructed French to assess the existing higher education standards, the effectiveness of policies and practices to protect free intellectual inquiry, consider overseas approaches and, if he believed it
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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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