Peter Ridd case has been set for 26-28 March with Judge Vasta but yet to have a courtroom assigned.

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March 6, 2019 6:07 am

The three days before Brexit on the 29th.

I wish Peter luck.

I wish a WTO Brexit luck as well.

Reply to  HotScot
March 6, 2019 8:57 am

Well they will save themselves 39 billion euros for a start, that should help.

Hope JCU get their butt kicked for their outrageous misconduct.

Reply to  Greg
March 6, 2019 9:13 am


Frankly, I would rather hand the EU 39 billion, tell them to stick it up their fundament before walking away from the corrupt, socialist, bureaucratic mess.

Reply to  HotScot
March 6, 2019 9:38 am

If you don’t want the 39 billion, can I have it?

Keen Observer
Reply to  MarkW
March 6, 2019 9:54 am

Can I take 10% off the top?

Reply to  MarkW
March 6, 2019 10:58 am


I couldn’t possibly. You would only spend it on wine, women and song and I can’t risk that. You presence here is far more vital.

rchard verney
Reply to  Greg
March 7, 2019 12:46 am

The UK government should have walked away and left nearly 2 years ago when the EU were insistent upon the UK paying 100 billion before the EU would talk about any issue.
That conduct by the EU was repudiatory, and should have been accepted as such bringing all negotiations to an end.

The UK would then have quit on WTO terms and saved nearly 2 years worth of contributions and much uncertainty.

The UK have well and truly blown negotiations, they no nothing about the art of the deal, and have destroyed democracy in this country.

It is ironic, and deeply worrying, that on both sides of the pond democracy is all but destroyed, lying in tatters and the rule of law under attack.

Unfortunately, we do not have a President Trump, or anyone prepared to stand up for the people and take on the deep state.

It will be interesting to see what history says about these times. I guess that will depend upon who wins out, since history is written by the victors.

Harry Passfield
Reply to  rchard verney
March 7, 2019 3:22 am

39 Billion upticks! Well said.

Gerry, England
Reply to  rchard verney
March 7, 2019 6:12 am

The EU never demanded 100billion Euros – you are misinformed as this figure was invented by the Financial Times. The EU would never put forward a set figure but asked the UK to meet its obligations under Rester a Liquide. Since the RAL payment is never known until the end of the budget period which will end next year, how could they put an exact figure forward. The conduct of the EU was entirely expected by those of us who are knowledgeable but then we are few in number and non-existent in government. The only person who was competent left as soon as he realised where May was taking the UK and she was incapable of being educated of the folly of her decision to make the UK a ‘third country’. The collapse that will follow with a ‘no deal’ Brexit on WTO rules will takes decades to overcome, if at all.

Bruce Clark
Reply to  HotScot
March 6, 2019 2:52 pm

We are in Australia sport. Not part of the EU now and never have been and hopefully never will be.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Bruce Clark
March 6, 2019 6:53 pm

Only for the EuroVision song contest. Yes, really!

Greg Freemyer
March 6, 2019 9:29 am

Very strange that Judge Vesta wouldn’t have a permanent courtroom.

Judge’s have dedicated courtrooms assigned for the long term in my experience. It’s not like conference rooms that have to be scheduled.

Paul Penrose
Reply to  Greg Freemyer
March 6, 2019 9:57 am

That was my first thought too, but maybe it works differently in Australia.

Reply to  Paul Penrose
March 6, 2019 10:59 am

Paul Penrose

Budget cuts. Judges forced to slum it.

So sad.

Richard Partlett
Reply to  Greg Freemyer
March 6, 2019 3:02 pm

He wants to go Scubs Diving to examine the Coral first hand.

Reply to  Greg Freemyer
March 6, 2019 6:23 pm

It is a special section of the law called the fair work act and 90% of it’s work does not require a courtroom. So essentially they book them as they need it, so not really strange.

Reply to  Greg Freemyer
March 7, 2019 7:28 pm

Australian judges are on a circuit. Some may work a local area and others may work the whole state.

March 6, 2019 12:38 pm

The odds are that it will be adjourned, sadly.
A cynic would suggest that it would be standard procedure to assign a date and Court at the same time.
Actually what a free for all it would be if that were not the case?
The odds are shortening by the second.

March 6, 2019 1:57 pm

I wish Peter all the best and I really hope he wins, it has been a long drawn out drama.
Our courts do not always get the right results.
Our universities even more so, they are currently under Enquiry for ‘Freedom of Speech’ I hope that kicks some admin butts and leaves lots of bruised egos.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  ColA
March 6, 2019 6:57 pm

In Australia we don’t have a bill of rights and we certainly don’t have freedom of speech. One reason why any “debate” on climate here is quickly squashed.

Pat Frank
Reply to  Patrick MJD
March 6, 2019 7:23 pm

Freedom of speech is a natural right, Patrick. So, you do possess the right to freedom of speech in Australia. It’s just that the Australian government, the Australian universities, and much of Australian society, elects to trample on it.

Here in California, apparently the UC system will require diversity-inclusion-equity loyalty oaths from all new faculty/staff hires in the STEM fields. See here.

It’s a clear attempt by Progressives to see to the doctrinaire homogeneity of the entire university. STEM fields have been relatively safe until now.

Presumably, those who decline to toe the progressive line will be passed over for hire. I don’t know if the requirement is legal – it has nothing to do with qualifications – but the intent to censorship and thought-control is clear.

The requirement will demote merit and excellence in favor of politics and ideology.

If UC Progressives succeed in this, they will turn that once stellar system into a bastion of institutional bigotry and intellectual mediocrity.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Pat Frank
March 6, 2019 7:48 pm

No, no, you are wrong. Everything is by grant in Australia, unless you are connected politically, or very rich. Both go hand-in-hand in Australia.

Reply to  Patrick MJD
March 7, 2019 4:13 am

Freedom of speech is a natural right, Patrick.
you’re broken.

Reply to  Patrick MJD
March 7, 2019 7:09 am

Freedom of speech may be a natural right, but in many countries you will be dead right.

James Bull
March 6, 2019 2:34 pm

All we can hope is that the truth will out and justice will be done, but as others have observed it’s not always the case.

God’s speed to victory Peter.
James Bull

March 6, 2019 3:19 pm

I’m worried that he will lose because the charge of not being ‘collegiate’ is very broad, but then we can work on changing this law which is far too ambiguous.

Reply to  thingadonta
March 6, 2019 6:25 pm

That is actually a problem for them not him, you have it the wrong way around. The employee must have a clear and precise understanding of the behaviour expected and contracted too 🙂

Jennifer Marohasy
March 6, 2019 3:54 pm

Thanks Charles, and WUWT, for keeping this in the news.
I will be at the trial in the Federal Court in Brisbane with Peter – on all three days 26th, 27th and 28th March.
I can report on the trial for this blog if there is interest. But I will be somewhat restricted in that I can’t be in contempt of court, etcetera.
Cheers, Jennifer

Reply to  Jennifer Marohasy
March 6, 2019 7:00 pm

YES, Jennifer.

Reply to  Jennifer Marohasy
March 7, 2019 7:37 pm

Good luck Jennifer and pass along good wishes to Peter that there are many people around the world following this and hoping for justice and truth to prevail. Yes, please report on the trial what you can, and perhaps have someone else in another country report on things that could be somewhat restricted from a local contempt of court perspective. The world needs to know all the issues and facts…not just those the local court or media would want us to have access to.

March 6, 2019 5:30 pm

absolutely we want to read all about the trial proceedings…even if you have to wait until after the verdict is in.
Peter has a tremendous number of us “non-scientist” non-believers pulling for him and want to know how this goes

Bruce Clark
Reply to  Deacon
March 6, 2019 6:24 pm

Agree 100%

March 6, 2019 7:33 pm

I will be tuned in.

Ken Calvert
March 6, 2019 10:26 pm

Yes From N.Z. Keep us in touch
Ken C.

March 7, 2019 12:59 am

I cannot help but feel that there is along way for the ‘can to be kicked’ yet .
A lot with come down to what Peter consider will be ‘a win’ fir its very hard to see the university publicly backing down , and the best that may be gained is the classic ‘lessons learned ‘ claim.

Gerald the Mole
March 7, 2019 2:12 am

BREXIT: I expect that Harvard Business School will be using the UK Governments negotiating methods as a study in how not to negotiate.

March 7, 2019 2:55 am

I seem to recall from Charles Dickens, “Ye Sir, well Sir if that is the Law, then the Law is a Ass”.

Nothing much has changed .


Brett Keane
March 7, 2019 4:36 am

Thanks Jenny. Good Luck Peter, All Kiwis are behind your too, if they are worthy of the name. Brett

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