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Discussion > Oz : JCU loses against Peter Ridd on all 17 counts

Wow in this mad world something sane happened.
Congratulations Peter Ridd.

Skeptic scientist Peter Ridd thought he had freedom of speech to criticize colleagy in a different dept about what he considered to be shoddy Great Barrier Reef alarmism.
James Cook Uni, sacked him on the grounds he was damaging the university's reputation.
The same uni had previously persecuted retired Prof Bob Carter

Judge Vasta said:
“Some have thought that this trial was about freedom of speech and intellectual freedom.
Media reports have considered that this trial was about silencing persons with controversial or unpopular views,”
“Rather, this trial was purely and simply about the proper construction of a clause in an enterprise agreement.”

But also Judge Vasta said
-the university has not understood the whole concept of intellectual freedom.-

“[The] university has ‘played the man and not the ball’,” he said.
“Intellectual freedom is so important.
It allows academics to express their opinions without fear of reprisals.
It allows a Charles Darwin to break free of the constraints of creationism.
It allows an Albert Einstein to break free of the constraints of Newtonian physics.
It allows the human race to question conventional wisdom in the never-ending search for knowledge and truth.”

Apr 16, 2019 at 1:52 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

- GWPF reproduce the IPA statement Australian conservative NGO

- His friend Jennifer Marohasy in the Oz Spectator
Peter Ridd has defeated the Climate Inquisition thanks to you

WATCH: @GideonCRozner on the unfair dismissal case Marine Scientist Professor Peter Ridd has just won against James Cook University. #theboltreport @SkyNewsAust
3 min Twitter video ...the onward story link doesn't work


Apr 16, 2019 at 2:14 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Ridd's statement
"The next chapter of this saga must now be written by the JCU Council which is the governing body of JCU.
What will they do about the VC and SDVC who were responsible for bringing the university into disrepute, not just in North Queensland, but also around the world.
JCU crushed dissent, crushed academic freedom and tried to crush my spirit with their appalling behaviour.
They only failed because I had your support.
But if the JCU council does not act, they will be complicit in this disgraceful episode."

Apr 16, 2019 at 2:19 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Original Dec 2018 ABC radio story
Features a guy from Coral Reef dept saying
"He is basically what I think of as a climate change *denier* and a denier of the fact that the Great Barrier Reef is badly affected by poor water quality.
... He's kept us on our toes to some extent over the years a little bit."

ABC presenter : "Have you created a martyr for the cause of climate change *denialism* ?"
IAIN GORDON: "Ah, the, the way in which the media is presenting at the moment is, in our view, untrue and misrepresenting the situation.
Peter always has been allowed to conduct himself in relation to what expectations of academic freedom are.
It is the fact that *he's broken the Code of Conduct* ." //

Apr 16, 2019 at 3:07 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

New ABC story is up
James Cook University marine scientist Peter Ridd's sacking 'unlawful', court rules

They choose to give the uni the last word
\\ In a statement, JCU Provost Professor Chris Cocklin disagreed with the judge and said the university was "considering its options".

"[We] are also troubled by the fact that he fails to refer to any legal precedent or case law in Australia to support his interpretation of our enterprise agreement, or academic freedom in Australian employment law," the statement said.

Provost Professor Cocklin maintained in the statement that Dr Ridd was not sacked because of his "scientific views".

"Peter Ridd was never gagged or silenced," the statement said.

"We maintain we have not taken issue with Dr Ridd's, nor any other employee's, rights to academic freedom.

"What was in issue was how to he communicated about others, how he denigrated others, and how he breached confidentiality, which impacted not only on him, but on others."//

Apr 16, 2019 at 3:08 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

full JCU statement as mentioned by the ABC
It ends by quoting a different judge from last year.

Apr 16, 2019 at 3:43 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen


eyes roll upwards, shake head - talk about deniers ..... what an utter shower the JCU academics are.

The offended dignity and obvious spite from these precious twerps speaks volumes about where they are coming from

Oh my, are they sour!

I think we've not heard the last of it ..... how very dare he impugn their exalted status!

Apr 16, 2019 at 6:12 PM | Registered Commentertomo


"Sheilagh Cronin ­resigned from the unpaid role at the Townsville university in protest (Peter Ridd sacking) & said she was “ashamed” that she had not done so earlier"
"honourary position"

May 19, 2019 at 2:52 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen