Update on Peter Ridd Legal Action

Update 10

Posted by Peter Ridd



Dear All,
Just as we were finishing preparations for the court case next week, we found out today that there has been an organisational glitch at the court in Brisbane so our case has been postponed until February or March 2019. This is quite disappointing but there is nothing we can do but wait. I’ll keep you updated when we get a new date.
I should add that I have been using my new found spare time working on a book on the Great Barrier Reef, and why it is not as damaged as is often suggested. It will be interesting to see if the book is finished before the court hearing.

Kind regards


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December 2, 2018 6:08 am

Disappointing for you Peter.

Have a good Christmas and Hogmanay though and we’ll all look forward to February or March.

Curious George
Reply to  HotScot
December 2, 2018 11:14 am

I am not qualified to wish a Hogmanay, but have a better 2019 than 2018. Organisational glitch? They are so ingenious.

Reply to  Curious George
December 2, 2018 11:26 am

Not trying to diminish the stupidity of Mr. Ridd’s case– I very much applaud him and support him– but if Australia’s courts have IT systems that are as bad as America’s, Canada’s, and Europe’s, then the glitch is hardly a surprise.

Reply to  Curious George
December 2, 2018 7:00 pm

A convenient tactical “glitch” no doubt.

Meanwhile, in Broward county;

“…oh, look, another box of ballots…”

Reply to  Tweak
December 3, 2018 2:21 pm

tactical “glitch” seems very much the most credible interpretation.

I’m sure that your book will have a far greater impact than teaching a few students. A much better use of your time.

Hopefully the university will end up paying you the lost salary anyway an effectively sponsoring you to be a “climate denier”. The law of unintended consequences is a bitch, ain’t it?

good on ya, mate !!

Bill In Oz
December 2, 2018 6:10 am

I hope that your new book on the GBR gets published.

December 2, 2018 6:57 am

Kicking it into the long grass ??
I bet there will be another ‘glitch’ in march

Get your new book on the GBR published ASAP

Reply to  saveenergy
December 3, 2018 2:56 am

kick it in the .. minus the gr-ass!
yes I will request our library to purchase your book as soon as you let us know its in print;-)
the stalling is damned convenient for them isn’t it?
of course trying to prove warming as fact not theory, and actual proof of how NOT dead the majority of the reef is might be part of the problem
maybe they hope cyclone Owen will hit the reef and give them some pics, they can claim as due to warming as well?
Merry Xmas and a Winner of a New Yr;-)

December 2, 2018 7:07 am

Sorry to be OT but Neil Degrasse Tyson has a big problem…and it isn’t globull warming.


NC sceptic
Reply to  john
December 2, 2018 10:49 am

Remember, innocent until proven guilty. I’m not a fan of the guy, but I’m tired of people’s reputation being ruined by allegation.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  NC sceptic
December 2, 2018 12:37 pm

I agree. I detest this trial by media nonsense.

honest liberty
Reply to  NC sceptic
December 2, 2018 5:21 pm

yep. I just don’t see it with the guy. I detest his politics and propaganda tactics, but I smell a rat on this

Reply to  NC sceptic
December 2, 2018 10:36 pm

Let’s hope that (at least in USA) Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, and public outcry over smearing him with lying bimbi, was a turning point of sorts in this “She must be believed!” nonesense.

Reply to  brians356
December 3, 2018 9:25 am

When Pres. Clinton was accused of sexual misconduct, all of the usual suspects rallied around him. The same “leaders” who only weeks before had been declaring that the woman must always be believed were quick to condemn his accusers as political opportunists.

The leader of NOW (National Organization for Women) even created a new “One free grope rule”, when she declared that since Clinton had stopped fondling the victim when asked, there was no foul.

Chris Wright
Reply to  NC sceptic
December 3, 2018 3:10 am

Yes, I have been concerned about possible witch hunts against well known personalities. It’s so easy to make accusations and, as the saying goes, mud sticks. Unfortunately innocent until proven guilty doesn’t seem to have much weight in the media or social networks (I do not and never will use social networks, I think they are pure poison).
If Tyson is innocent then I hope he can quickly prove that.

Having said that, I have a very low opinion of him. I started to watch Cosmos, but when he said civilisation may be imperilled by carbon dioxide I quickly switched channels. He’s clearly an idiot. Does he not know that for most of Earth’s history when there were complex life forms, CO2 was far, far higher than it is today?

Reply to  Chris Wright
December 3, 2018 2:29 pm

Yep, when I first became aware of Niel “the fat” Tyson, I though he was a pretty cool guy. The I heard his BS on climate and he lost all credibility as a scientist and ended up with a rating just below Brian Cocks-sucker .

Joe Crawford
Reply to  john
December 2, 2018 11:27 am

Wouldn’t surprise me if the MeToo movement hasn’t gained a lot of its current popularity and support from the Left as just another way to limit population growth. At the rate it’s developing, it may soon make both men and women too scared to even talk to their opposites without filming and/or recording each and every encounter.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Joe Crawford
December 2, 2018 12:36 pm

Here in Oz it was seriously proposed that you must get an emphatic ‘yes’ to the question of whether your partner wanted sex. Even if you were married.

What a complete turn-off!

Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
December 2, 2018 2:50 pm

Better get it in writing, in case she changes her mind the next day.

Reply to  MarkW
December 2, 2018 5:19 pm

She? how presumptuous 🙂

Reply to  MarkW
December 3, 2018 9:26 am

If the man changes his mind, he’ll never be believed.

Joe Crawford
Reply to  Joe Crawford
December 2, 2018 12:46 pm

Supposedly several colleges here in the U.S. have come out with forms to be signed by both parties before sex.

Crispin in Waterloo
Reply to  Joe Crawford
December 2, 2018 1:39 pm

It used to be called a “marriage certificate”.

December 2, 2018 7:09 am

Running the clock out and the cash down , its an old trick and one never used when they known they have a winning case .

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  knr
December 2, 2018 7:59 am

It may be an old trick, but it is always used, regardless of the merits. Next up is a settlement offer. Last is going to trial, because you never know what a jury may do.

Reply to  knr
December 2, 2018 8:23 am

….so it’s actually a very promising sign that JCU is not confident about its case. Good!

Reply to  knr
December 2, 2018 12:14 pm

The rich and powerful use this trick all the time. The goal isn’t to win, it is to bleed your opponent so that he loses. I recently watched a video on how Intel corporation did this with great success many times. They were always found guilty, but the fine was always less than the lost profits from fair competition. In the case of Intel v. AMD, Intel delayed the court proceedings so long that it forced AMD to take a settlement rather than get true justice because AMD was virtually bankrupt. At one paint, Intel even paid Dell over $1 billion in a year to not sell AMD products. Intel won, despite paying billions in fines, settlements, and illegal bribes because their profits greatly exceeded what they lost.

The goal isn’t always to win. It could to make you lose. Most especially if you know you cannot win. If Peter Ridd runs out of money and cannot fight anymore, then it matters not how much money was spent. For the climate cabal, their funding is essentially unlimited anyway. I do have a feeling that this will be dragged out as long as possible just for that very purpose.

Brent Hargreaves
December 2, 2018 7:26 am

Stay strong, Peter.

Non Nomen
December 2, 2018 8:09 am

In former times, court sessions were held in the open, under the clear blue sky (hopefully), so not only the good Lord but all the people could see that everything is in good order.
I assume they have something to hide in the closets of injustice.

Reply to  Non Nomen
December 3, 2018 3:04 am

yeah pity they roundupped the “tree of knowledge” isnt it?
whats the bet theres some close personal/marriage or familial and school buddy ties with the legals and the uni, etc
qlds always had problems with that ie sir joe b n co

be good to have it in another state actually

December 2, 2018 8:34 am

Is this update current? This WUWT report from a month ago said it was postponed to next year.

Reply to  Nick Stokes
December 2, 2018 1:16 pm

Perhaps the news is that there are new dates set. From https://jennifermarohasy.com/

I have also recently blogged on Great Barrier Reef issues in solidarity with my colleague Peter Ridd. Dr Ridd was to front the Federal Court in Brisbane on 12 November, this is now likely to be on 25, 26, 27 March 2019. A recent blog post outlining some of the related issues can be read/downloaded here. [ https://jennifermarohasy.com/2018/10/peter-ridd-versus-the-clowns-of-reef-science/ ]

Bair Polaire
December 2, 2018 8:48 am

See also Peter Ridd’s blog at https://platogbr.wordpress.com/


This site gives some information about the Great Barrier Reef and most importantly the need for some decent Quality Control systems for the “science” that we are using to guide public policy decisions.

In various sections you will see that despite the conventional wisdom that says that the GBR is on the brink of extinction, in fact it is one of the most pristine ecosystems in the world, well protected, and least likely to be affected by climate change (natural or otherwise). In fact the future for the GBR is excellent.

The site was started in January 2018 and will change quite a bit over the ensuing few months.

December 2, 2018 8:55 am

organisational glitch at the court in Brisbane
That may be what you were told but it doesn’t make it true.

It seems equally likely that someone with an inside track to the court has placed their thumb on the scales of justice. Maybe to change the judge that will hear the case?

Reply to  Ferdberple
December 2, 2018 9:13 am

Or as noted above, to run out the clock while costs bleed you dry. Either case a poor reflection upon the integrity of the court.

If the court is so poorly organized as to suffer a “glitch” what assurance can their be that justice is not also subject to the same glitch.

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  Ferdberple
December 2, 2018 9:14 pm

The Queensland court system isn’t about justice. They don’t know what the word means. The court system is about blame and punishment. Nothing less, and nothing more.

Reply to  Ferdberple
December 2, 2018 9:29 am


Very encouraging. /sarc

Bruce Cobb
December 2, 2018 10:19 am

Justice should be “blind”, but not deaf and dumb as well.

December 2, 2018 12:14 pm

sounds like acidification of the legal system to me. or is it ossification

I am never sure

4 Eyes
December 2, 2018 1:00 pm

My bull$hit detector is going off. Perhaps the judge assigned does not want such a hot potato. I’d already be preparing my appeal to the High Court. Seriously.

Reply to  4 Eyes
December 2, 2018 1:18 pm

At least in the United States we the right to a speedy trial! /sarc

Carbon Bigfoot
Reply to  Ric Werme
December 3, 2018 6:24 am

Tell that to Mark Styne. The DC injustice system is still waiting for Mikey to produce his data.

Reply to  4 Eyes
December 2, 2018 4:12 pm

Fair work commission does not give a rats about anything to do with government it doesn’t even consider anything but the act. I don’t think anyone sees Peter Ridd situation as a hot potato as the Uni has made it quite clear they will not be re-employing him and thus have opened themselves up to massive compensation finding which is all the case is really about. This is the trouble with the toxic area of Climate Science it often thinks people give a dam about it.

Lewis P Buckingham
December 2, 2018 1:28 pm

The Australian court system is very fair.Speculation that delay is sinister is gratuitous.
I understand that the reason for delay has nothing to do with Peter Ridd, or his case.
Because of perceived conflict of interest a number of judges have declined to hear a particular case before the courts, the snowball effect disrupting the scheduling.

Robert Scott
Reply to  Lewis P Buckingham
December 2, 2018 2:30 pm


I am not particularly heartened by your faith in the Australian court system. It’s easy to make unsupported assertions, so…

If you have some special inside knowledge that “the reason for delay has nothing to do with Peter Ridd, or his case”, perhaps you could expand upon this so that those of us without this knowledge can have some faith in what you assert. Equally, if you know of a “perceived conflict of interest [so that] a number of judges have declined to hear a [this] particular case before the courts, the snowball effect disrupting [has disrupted] the scheduling”, please tell us more.

If, and it’s a big if, your assertions are accurate, perhaps those involved should also have been notified, rather that leaving it to you to be the court’s voice. It’s not difficult.

Lewis p Buckingham
Reply to  Robert Scott
December 2, 2018 5:32 pm

I have no insider knowledge of this case.
However a big snowball,involved in a three month case, has had two judges recuse themselves from his hearings, thus delaying them.

Joining the dots, and a 6 week Christmas break is sufficient to explain the findings.
No need for anything else.
Difficult for Dr Ridd.
Justice delayed is justice denied.

Reply to  Lewis P Buckingham
December 2, 2018 2:55 pm

The cold reality is that this delays suits the other side more than Ridd, for they have no money worries and with the latest IPCC jamboree started kicking this case into next year is ‘useful ‘

December 2, 2018 4:03 pm

I don’t get how Peter has only just been told this it has been on the court registry for weeks now, I commented on it some time ago. I can only assume the lawyer is taking their sweet time to relay court information.

Robin W
December 2, 2018 7:53 pm

I stand ready to contribute again if necessary to Peter’s fund. I will buy the book too.
Good luck to you sir.

Dr. Strangelove
December 3, 2018 3:25 am

Why not make a documentary film? Go scuba diving and film the GBR. The Oz version of Captain Planet. Though I don’t know if National Geographic will broadcast your film without a doom story :-0

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