VICTORY: Climate skeptic scientist Peter Ridd wins big!

UPDATED: Full legal document posted, along with some spectacular quotes from the judge. See below.

In a huge victory for climate skeptics everywhere, Judge Salvatore Vasta finds all findings made by James Cook University, including his sacking, were all unlawful.

WUWT readers helped make this possible.

The order follows: h/t to @GideonCRozner and CTM

Background on the court case

In May 2018, after an academic career of more than 30 years, Peter had his employment terminated as a professor of physics at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. Peter had spoken against the accepted orthodoxy that climate change was ‘killing’ the Great Barrier Reef.

There’s some absolute rubbish being spoken about the reef and people’s livelihoods are being put in jeopardy. If nobody will stand up, then this is just going to go on and on and on. It has to be stopped.

Peter’s court case has enormous implications for the international debate about climate change, and for the ongoing crisis surrounding freedom of speech.


UPDATE: Peter writes via his GoFundMe page:

Dear All,

Excellent news.

My lawyers have told me that the judge handed down his decision and we seem to have won on all counts. 

It all happened very quickly and we had no warning , and because I live almost a thousand miles from the court, I was not able to be there. I have still not seen the written judgement and will update you all when I have that information.

Needless to say, I have to thank all 2500 of you, and all the bloggers, and the IPA and my legal team who donated much of their time free for this success. But mostly I want to thank my dearest Cheryl, who quite by chance has been my bestest friend for exactly 40 years today. It just shows what a team effort can achieve.

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.

Attention must now focus on the JCU council.

I will update you shortly when I have more information, but for now I certainly have a spring in my step.

kind regards

Peter

Help spread the word!

UPDATE2: Here is the full legal document. (PDF)

ridd-v-james-cook-university-2019-fcca-997

Some excerpts:

217. Professor Ridd’s statement, that when he asked if he could mention them to his wife, he was not given permission, is the truth. It was not until 19 September 2017, that the University deigned to allow him to talk to his wife about these matters.

218. Whilst none of this makes any difference at all to my ultimate decision, the actions of the University in this respect are, quite frankly, appalling. They have had no regard for the anguish that Professor Ridd felt between 24 August 2017 and 19 September 2017. There has not even been an apology for what can only be seen as extremely callous behaviour. This is inexcusable.

219. Instead, Professor Ridd is accused of being misleading and untruthful because, even though the University eventually allowed him to talk to his wife, he did not mention this when he made statements on his WordPress website.

220. The hypocrisy is breathtaking. On one hand, the University is finding that Professor Ridd has breached the Code of Conduct in that he has made public a number of items to do with the disciplinary process. On the other hand, he is accused of breaching the Code of Conduct in that he has not referred to all of that material when he has made this particular statement.

221. The irony is even more spectacular when one considers that, in his original email to the journalist in 2016, Professor Ridd took the institutions to task for being misleading regarding the use of photographs. It seems the University found no problem with the use of those photographs because there was a footnote that led to the Wachenfeld article.

222. And yet when Professor Ridd pointed out that there was a hyperlink to all of the 2017 disciplinary process material (which would include the 19 September 2017 letter and the subsequent final censure), he is found guilty of a Code of Conduct violation for being misleading. One could be forgiven for thinking that the university was more concerned with the splinter in the eye of Professor Ridd whilst ignoring the plank in their own.

223. The University still sought to justify this finding on the basis of a breach of the Code of Conduct. I disagree.

224. Professor Ridd was expressing his opinion about the operations of JCU and expressing disagreement with decisions of JCU.

225. I find that Professor Ridd was exercising his rights pursuant to cl.14.2 and cl.14.4 of the EA when he made these comments.

235. This is an extremely peculiar finding by the University. The University has found that Professor Ridd preferred his own interests, and those of the Institute of Public Affairs (“the IPA”), above the interests of the University. The University found that this was in breach of the obligations under the Code of Conduct to “take reasonable steps to avoid, or disclose and manage, any conflict of interest (actual, potential or perceived) in the course of employment”.

236. During the course of the trial, I repeatedly asked Counsel for the University to tell me what the conflict of interest actually was. Try as he might, Counsel was unable to do so. Yet he would not concede that this finding was not justified.

296. To use the vernacular, the University has “played the man and not the ball”. Incredibly, the University has not understood the whole concept of intellectual freedom. In the search for truth, it is an unfortunate consequence that some people may feel denigrated, offended, hurt or upset. It may not always be possible to act collegiately when diametrically opposed views clash in the search for truth.

297. Many aspects of the Code of Conduct cannot sit with the concept of intellectual freedom and certainly contravene cl.14. For example, the Code speaks of the need to “value academic freedom, and enquire, examine, criticise and challenge in the collegial and academic spirit of the search for knowledge, understanding and truth”. The University has denounced Professor Ridd because his enquiry, examination, criticism and challenge was not, in their view, done in the collegial and academic spirit. But there is no need for such enquiry, examination, criticism or challenge to be done that way under the rights conferred upon Professor Ridd by cl.14.

298. The University have been at pains to say that it is not what Professor Ridd has said, but rather the manner in which he has said it, that is the underlying reason for the censure, the final censure and the termination. But the University has consistently overlooked the whole of what has been written. They have concentrated on small, almost incidental parts of what has been said and then used the Code of Conduct to pass judgement on those small parts, with the intention that the flow on effect of that judgement would impugn the whole of what Professor Ridd has written.

299. The Code of Conduct is subordinate to cl.14 of the EA. And what is said by Professor Ridd must always be looked at in its whole context. The University have continually “cherry-picked” portions of the writings of Professor Ridd and said “that is not the exercise of intellectual freedom”. But it is the whole of what is written that must be looked at rather than excerpts taken out of context.

302. That is why 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 neverending search for knowledge and truth. And that, at its core, is what higher learning is about. To suggest otherwise is to ignore why universities were created and why critically focussed academics remain central to all that university teaching claims to offer.

FINDINGS:

303. In light of the above, I make the following rulings:

a) The first finding made by the University was unlawful because it breached the rights that Professor Ridd had pursuant to cl.14.

b) The censure given to Professor Ridd was unlawful as it contravened cl.14 of the EA.

c) The First Speech Direction was unlawful in that it sought to interfere with the rights that Professor Ridd had pursuant to cl.14.

d) The Second Finding made by the University was unlawful because it breached the rights that Professor Ridd had pursuant to cl.14.

e) The First Confidentiality Direction was unlawful because the University had no power to give that direction, and even if it did have the power, such a direction was in contravention of the rights that Professor Ridd had pursuant to cl.14.

f) The Third Finding made by the University was unlawful because it breached the rights that Professor Ridd had pursuant cl.14.

g) The Second Confidentiality Direction was unlawful because the University had no power to make such a direction, and even if it did have the power, such a direction was in contravention of the rights conferred on Professor Ridd by virtue of cl.14.

h) The Fourth Finding made by the University was unlawful because it breached the rights of Professor Ridd had pursuant to cl.14.

i) The Fifth Finding made by the University was unlawful because it breached the rights of Professor Ridd given to him by cl.14.

j) The Sixth Finding made by the University was unlawful because it breached the rights of Professor Ridd given to him by cl.14.

k) The Seven Finding made by the University was unlawful because it breached the rights that Professor Ridd had pursuant to cl.14.

l) The Eighth Finding made by the University was unlawful because it breached the rights that Professor Ridd had pursuant to cl.14.

m) The Third Confidentiality Direction was unlawful because the University had no power to make such a direction, and even if it did, such a direction contravened the rights of Professor Ridd pursuant to cl.14.

n) The Second Speech Direction was unlawful in that it sought to interfere with the rights Professor Ridd had pursuant to cl.14.

o) The Fourth Confidentiality Directions was unlawful because the University had no power to make such a direction, and even if it did, such a direction contravened the rights of Professor Ridd pursuant to cl.14.

p) The no satire direction was unlawful in that it sought to interfere with the rights Professor Ridd had pursuant to cl.14.

q) The Fifth Confidentiality Direction was unlawful because the University had no power to make such a direction, and even if it did, such a direction contravened the rights of Professor Ridd pursuant to cl.14.

r) The Second Censure was unlawful because it contravened cl.14 of the EA.

s) The Ninth Finding made by the University was unlawful because it related to the breach of a direction which was of itself unlawful.

t) The Tenth Finding made by the University was unlawful because it related to the breach of a direction which was of itself unlawful.

u) The Eleventh Finding made by the University was unlawful because it related to the breach of a direction which was of itself unlawful.

v) The Twelfth Finding made by the University was unlawful because it breached the rights that Professor Ridd had pursuant to cl.14.

w) The Thirteenth Finding made by the University was unlawful because it breached the rights the Professor Ridd had pursuant to cl.14.

x) The Fourteenth Finding made by the University was unlawful because it related to the breach of a direction which was of itself unlawful.

y) The Fifteenth Finding made by the University was unlawful because of breached the rights that Professor Ridd had pursuant to cl.14.

z) The Sixteenth Finding made by the University was unlawful because it breached the rights that Professor Ridd had pursuant to cl.14.

aa) The Seventeenth Finding made by the University was unlawful because it had no substance whatsoever, and even if there were the slightest scintilla of evidence, it was contrary to the rights that Professor Ridd had pursuant to cl.14.

bb) The termination of Professor Ridd’s employment was unlawful because it punished Professor Ridd for conduct that was protected by cl.14 of the EA.

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chip
April 15, 2019 11:56 pm

Brilliant!

Greg
Reply to  chip
April 16, 2019 3:12 am

This is not just a victory for skeptics, it is a victory science in general, reason and integrity.

Thankfully this case was well supported and got a fair judge.

Congratulations to Peter Rudd for having the balls and determination to see this through. Kudos.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Greg
April 16, 2019 4:50 am

PUHLEASE! It’s Dr. Ridd! Don’t confuse someone with integrity with a Rudd (Who was more interested in his hair than running Australia).

Bryan A
Reply to  Patrick MJD
April 16, 2019 6:05 am

Easy enough to miss type as U and I are adjacent on the QWERTY keyboard setup and both Ridd and Rudd pass auto spell check. Sometimes people miss type and don’t catch it, but is that worth being snide?

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Bryan A
April 16, 2019 7:17 am

You have no idea about Rudd!

Mr.
Reply to  Bryan A
April 16, 2019 7:50 am

Yes it’s peculiar that their names are so similar yet the two people themselves .are at opposite ends of the integrity spectrum.

jorgekafkazar
Reply to  Bryan A
April 16, 2019 9:18 am

Being snide is protected by cl.14 of the EA. . .

Bryan A
Reply to  Bryan A
April 16, 2019 10:21 am

Way Too Funny

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
Reply to  Bryan A
April 16, 2019 7:58 pm

We want to Ridd Rudd.

We don’t want to Rudd Ridd.

Santa
Reply to  Bryan A
April 17, 2019 12:13 am

Rudd tried to create paradise on Earth with tyarrany and slaver? I guess you will find the same «elements» getting rid og Ridd?

Greg
Reply to  Patrick MJD
April 16, 2019 9:01 am

My sincere apologies to Dr Peter Ridd for my careless mistake.

In any case, having now seen the judgement, I’m sure he will in good enough humour today to excuse me. That is one hell of a judgement, the definitive a to z and aa to bb of how pigheaded, wrong and downright despicable the zealots can get.

My apologies also to Peter Rudd for confusing him with someone of integrity.

Chris Schoneveld
Reply to  Greg
April 16, 2019 12:12 pm

Your last sentence is sooo funny.

nw sage
Reply to  Greg
April 16, 2019 7:22 pm

Is Peter Rudd a person? When did that happen?

Terry Gednalske
Reply to  Patrick MJD
April 16, 2019 7:02 pm

I just posted a reply to congratulate Dr. Ridd, and autocorrect tried to change “Ridd” to “Rudd”. Fortunately I caught it before completing the post.

Karlos51
Reply to  Terry Gednalske
April 16, 2019 8:34 pm

the name of the offending entity is Chairman Krudd, a lesser organism that once approached sentience, coifed his hair, declared himself A Great Leader and was preparing to launch Oz into the Golden Age where we’d probably be known as The Glorious People’s Democratic People’s Republic of Australia (unless he planned to dispense with the Australia part, one never knew with that one).
Subsequently we all try to refrain from mentioning it’s name lest it be summoned, uttering germicidal monologues and cursing furiously. if anyone’s really interested I believe there’s a video of it on YouTube eating ear wax..

Karlos51
Reply to  Terry Gednalske
April 16, 2019 8:58 pm

verbicidal , curse you spell checker..

Solomon Green
Reply to  Greg
April 16, 2019 5:07 am

Congratulations Dr. Ridd.

It is not just a victory for science but a victory for free speech.

Particularly in the week that Rugby Australia has just terminated the contract of its best player, Israel Folau, for posting his belief on Instagram that “Drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators – Hell awaits you.”

Folau may be mistaken in his religious belief . He was certainly mistaken in believing that in this modern era he could express it publicly. But he was only expressing what all major religions had taught for centuries.

Following a service at the Truth Of Jesus Christ Church, he told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper: “I share it with love. I can see the other side of the coin where people’s reactions are the total opposite to how I’m sharing it.

“First and foremost, I live for God now. Whatever He wants me to do, I believe His plans for me are better than whatever I can think. If that’s not to continue on playing, so be it.”

“In saying that, obviously I love playing footy and if it goes down that path I’ll definitely miss it. But my faith in Jesus Christ is what comes first.”

Perhaps Folau should sue Rigby Australia.

Richard
Reply to  Solomon Green
April 16, 2019 5:34 am

Would that be Eleanor Rigby?

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Solomon Green
April 16, 2019 5:49 am

Best player?

Warren
Reply to  Patrick MJD
April 17, 2019 12:45 am

Perhaps not the best but one of the best in Australia.
Would have trouble making it into the NZ All Blacks.
Nevertheless here’s a compilation of Isreal in action in Au:

Gerry, England
Reply to  Solomon Green
April 16, 2019 5:51 am

If only Folau was muslim then his views would be fine, especially here in the UK.

MarkW
Reply to  Solomon Green
April 16, 2019 7:25 am

I’m not familiar with Australian law, but here in the states, private companies have more latitude in this area than do state agencies.

In the US, you can be fired for embarrassing your employer.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  MarkW
April 16, 2019 9:47 am

If his employer (And there are rumours that his case could go to court) is found to be in breach of his rights (“religious beliefs”) his employer could be found guilty of unlawful sacking.

In my considered opinion the man is a complete twat and only good for running and kicking an odd shaped ball around for a few minutes.

Excuse my language however, people like him really get far too much attention.

Barbee
Reply to  MarkW
April 16, 2019 6:45 pm

In the US you can be fired fort embarrassing your employers hamster.

kenji
Reply to  Solomon Green
April 16, 2019 3:32 pm

The man will ultimately be memorialized as in the film about Eric Liddell’s unwavering Christian faith – Chariots of Fire
https://www.amazon.com/Eric-Liddell-Something-Greater-Christian/dp/1576581373

Krishna Gans
Reply to  Greg
April 16, 2019 9:59 am

302. That is why 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 neverending search for knowledge and truth. And that, at its core, is what higher learning is about. To suggest otherwise is to ignore why universities were created and why critically focussed academics remain central to all that university teaching claims to offer.

Nothing to add here, all said !!!

JN
Reply to  Greg
April 16, 2019 11:20 am

I agree with you Greg. This is a victory for Science against some, let’s say, Inquisitional like methods that are being used against someone with even a slightest doubt about CAGW. It has everything to be a religion (a faith, books, movies, priests and now this kind of inquisition).

Charles Higley
Reply to  chip
April 16, 2019 4:56 am

Even though it is over, I would like to make a donation to Peter, but I cannot find the route here. I am looking for a reliable means of making sure it gets to him.

Barbara
Reply to  Don B
April 16, 2019 8:20 am

The site says it’s no longer accepting donations. ???

ATheoK
Reply to  Barbara
April 16, 2019 12:26 pm

Dr. Ridd closed the donations option whe he decided he has sufficient monies to proceed.

If this goes through the higher courts, he may well open the donations button again.

Here is hoping that getting rebuked and slapped once is sufficient for JCU.

jorgekafkazar
Reply to  Charles Higley
April 16, 2019 9:32 am

Dr. Ridd’s people will let us know if there are residual expenses. Save your money for the next case. And there will be a next case. Academia in Oz and around the world are suffering from a grave illness that will not be cured by one dose of justice.

brians356
Reply to  jorgekafkazar
April 16, 2019 10:54 am

“You’re making a bigger fool of yourself than I thought you would Mr Kane. With anybody else I’d say what’s going to happen to you would be a lesson to you. Only you’re gonna need more than one lesson. And you’re going get more than one lesson.”

Pat Frank
Reply to  chip
April 16, 2019 9:32 am

Peter Ridd’s victory is also a posthumous victory for Bob Carter.

JCU slandered and sacked Bob just the way they did Peter Ridd.

JCU management is now fully revealed to the world as the anti-science, anti-free thought moralizing prigs those of us who knew Bob and his work, understood them to be.

Rest in peace, Bob. You’ve won.

And with huge thanks to Peter Ridd. A man with the complete courage of his convictions.

Harry Passfield
Reply to  Pat Frank
April 16, 2019 1:06 pm

++1
Bob Carter’s lectures, so many years ago now, were what confirmed my scepticism.

Cephus0
Reply to  Harry Passfield
April 16, 2019 3:12 pm

Exactly the same for me. I still watch them every so often now just because I like Bob so much.

Big T
Reply to  chip
April 16, 2019 2:00 pm

Common sense still reigns in some quarters. Thank God! And yes GOD STILL REIGNS.!!!

Reply to  chip
April 16, 2019 4:39 pm

has there ever been a more complete repudiation? Kudos to Judge Vasta- – –

CliveH
Reply to  chip
April 17, 2019 8:45 am

Just seen this – what an awesome result!

Well chuffed – will have glass or three of Aussie Shiraz tonight to celebrate!!

Oddgeir
Reply to  chip
April 18, 2019 4:34 am

Alas this is not a victory for science. It is however a victory against corrupt dogmatics.

Oddgeir

Alastair gray
April 15, 2019 11:58 pm

well done Peter A blow for academic freedom Lets hope Academia is listening

4 Eyes
Reply to  Alastair gray
April 16, 2019 3:37 am

Time for naming and shaming and a few ad hominems, which is the standard approach of climate catastrophists. I know it’s not the way of well informed folks but just occasionally it is sweet.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  4 Eyes
April 16, 2019 4:51 am

Can’t do that in Aus.

Brooks Hurd
Reply to  Patrick MJD
April 16, 2019 7:54 am

Congratulations Dr. Ridd!

LdB
Reply to  Alastair gray
April 16, 2019 4:14 am

Bet we won’t see a drive by Mosher who tried to defend the Uni.

ozspeaksup
Reply to  LdB
April 16, 2019 4:38 am

I also bet that ABC will mamange to utterly ignore this news also.
they have a climate scam agenda and if anything its getting worse.
think this week we will have whingeing steffen and flimflam touted and promoted

Patrick MJD
Reply to  ozspeaksup
April 16, 2019 4:52 am

Nothing but silence across the board!

Australia! Winner! Yesssssss!

Alex Popovic
Reply to  ozspeaksup
April 16, 2019 8:33 am

I am sure that the ABC is similar to our CBC in Canada, the BBC in the UK and Pravda in Russia. State broadcasters that are merely the propaganda mouthpiece for the government. After all they are bought and paid for by government using taxpayer money to mimic Orwellian speak.

ferd berple
Reply to  Alex Popovic
April 16, 2019 9:12 am

In Canada the government is giving $$ to all the press. It is an election year and there are votes to be bought.

Old Woman of the North
Reply to  Alex Popovic
April 16, 2019 1:33 pm

In Australia the nationally owned ABC is actually aligned with leftists, not with the present government . That’s why we will not hear about Dr Peter Ridd’s wonderful win.

IanH
Reply to  Alex Popovic
April 16, 2019 1:47 pm

Actually, the BBC have never been the mouthpiece of the government, they are the mouthpiece of anyone who supports their institutional marxist/socialist agenda. I’m not as familiar with the other public broadcasters

GregK
Reply to  Alex Popovic
April 17, 2019 2:39 am

After no mention at all of the case until now the ABC in Oz has grudgingly reported the verdict [no doubt through gritted teeth].

I wonder if the case will crack a mention on Robyn Williams’ Science Show on ABC Radio [https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/robyn-williams/2913842]. He’s shown little tolerance for ignorant, shameful, red-neck, in the pay of foreign polluting multinationals climate deniers to date.

John Endicott
Reply to  LdB
April 16, 2019 12:35 pm

Bet we won’t see a drive by Mosher who tried to defend the Uni.

just to remind everyone of Mosh’s previous “words of wisdom” (do I need a sarc tag?) on the subject:

Steven Mosher March 28, 2019 at 7:21 pm

So lemme get this straight.
Ridd had the better scientific argument
Decided to slag his fellow employees,
And the boss sacked his ass for violating
Workplace rules..

Who the hell thinks you can ignore workplace rules.

Now in court he wants to argue the science.
Dummy.

Harry Passfield
Reply to  John Endicott
April 16, 2019 1:15 pm

I do hope that echoes down Mosher’s ‘hubris canyon’ for a very long time.

Dave Fair
Reply to  John Endicott
April 16, 2019 1:33 pm

Looking again at the language and word cadence, I’m of the opinion that Mr. Mosher was on something at the time of that writing.

Synergy
Reply to  Dave Fair
April 16, 2019 6:27 pm

Probably the academic payrol

Steven Mosher
Reply to  John Endicott
April 16, 2019 6:12 pm

Defend the Uni?
Nope. never defended the actions of the university

In fact, I applauded your efforts here.
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/02/01/james-cook-university-censures-a-climate-skeptic-help-him-fight-back/#comment-2273415
and this
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/02/01/james-cook-university-censures-a-climate-skeptic-help-him-fight-back/#comment-2273470

My comments were directed toward the POST

‘The trial opened on Tuesday with Mr Wood QC outlining Dr Ridd’s honestly held expert opinion that the Great Barrier Reef is in good health, but that many of his colleagues, particularly Professor Hughes, suggest otherwise, that their research is “untrustworthy” and is not subject to any “quality assurance”.

The Judge seemed genuinely interested in this issue of “quality assurance” of the research. Towards the end of Day 2 he specifically requested that Mr Murdoch QC explain to the court what quality assurance procedures were in place.

I had assumed that Mr Murdoch QC, the Barrister acting for the University, would thus begin Day 3 with some explanation of this – but he didn’t. The University continued to refuse to engage on any matters of science, particularly the issue of quality assurance. Rather the University simply argued that because there is a code of conduct that expects professors to be collegial – they thus had a right to sack Peter Ridd because he had become disrespectful of his colleagues and also had broken confidentiality.

At the beginning of Day 2 Peter Ridd clearly explained that he was concerned about the trustworthiness of the science, and the lack of quality assurance because it was having a significant negative economic impact on rural and regional economies – because of the bad publicity for tourism and increasing government regulation of farming. ”

The way Jenniffer told the story of what transpired in court made it appear that Ridd was arguing the science in court.

I wrote

‘o lemme get this straight.
Ridd had the better scientific argument
Decided to slag his fellow employees,
And the boss sacked his ass for violating
Workplace rules..

Who the hell thinks you can ignore workplace rules.

Now in court he wants to argue the science.”

Nothing about the university being right or wrong.
Nothing about my opinion about intellectual freedom.
More about the advisability of arguing the science in court when the
issue is workplace rules.
Its a good thing he won on intellectual freedom. which is what the case was about
Not the science.

Work place rules that restrict intellectual freedom are not very bright.
Violating workplace rules ( even dumb ones and uninforceable ones) when you have the better scientific arguments is still dumb.

Mike
Reply to  Steven Mosher
April 16, 2019 7:22 pm

”Violating workplace rules ( even dumb ones and uninforceable ones) when you have the better scientific arguments is still dumb.”

Obviously not ”dumb” as we have just seen.
Sometimes you just gotta call bullshit regardless of rules.

Venter87
Reply to  Steven Mosher
April 16, 2019 9:16 pm

Spend a few minutes of your drive by routine to think about the workplace where he was employed and the academic freedom he has to disagree with work which was neither trustworthy not subject to any quality assurance. That is his academic right as part of his employment. Read the judgement where the judge clearly enumerates on this.

You did a drive by insulting posting as usual and have been proved wrong. Have the grace to admit that.

Streetcred
Reply to  Steven Mosher
April 17, 2019 12:11 am

Do you just make this up as you go along or do you plan it meticulously ?

I suspect both, meticulously make it up as you go along.

John Endicott
Reply to  Steven Mosher
April 17, 2019 5:52 am

You did a drive by insulting posting as usual and have been proved wrong. Have the grace to admit that

driving-by means never having to admit you are wrong. Why do you think it’s his preferred method of communication?

John Endicott
Reply to  Steven Mosher
April 17, 2019 5:54 am

The way Jenniffer told the story of what transpired in court made it appear

So you weren’t skeptical and just took what someone told you at face value, never looking in to it for yourself. Where have I heard that admonishment before? hmmm?

Richard Case
Reply to  Steven Mosher
April 17, 2019 10:23 am

Not sure how you gleaned from Jennifer’s post that Ridd’s lawyer was arguing about the science or that science was at the core of their suit. In your own words, you really needed to read harder.

amortiser
Reply to  John Endicott
April 17, 2019 3:17 am

What a goose the Mosher is.

The fact is, he didn’t argue the science in court. He argued his intellectual freedom rights under the Enterprise Agreement under which he was employed.

These are explicitly mapped out in the Vasta judgement. Whether what he said was true of not, he had the right to say it and let the debate find the truth. JCU didn’t like what he said and tried to shut him up.

I witnessed the 3 day trial and the judge didn’t miss JCU. In respect to their initial refusal to allow Ridd to discuss the charges against him with his wife he said that the JCU actions were heavy handed, absolutely abhorrent and reprehensible.

His judgement is consistent with those comments. JCU lost on every count. Methinks they will now double down with an appeal. They have too much to lose.

Thomas
Reply to  amortiser
April 17, 2019 7:51 pm

So John Cook University’s interpretation of policy is essentially:
“Shut up'”, he explained. – The Young Immigrunts – Ringgold Wilmer Lardner, Jr.

Some claim that Ringgold Wilmer Lardner, Jr. was a pen name used by his father, Ringgold Wilmer Lardner, Sr. , as Junior was only four when The Young Immigrunts was published. However, since Junior does have two Academy Awards for writing , perhaps some will believe that he was merely precocious.

Adam Gallon
April 15, 2019 11:58 pm

Now, how many appeals do you reckon the University will launch?

climanrecon
Reply to  Adam Gallon
April 16, 2019 1:34 am

I suspect that Big Green will now elevate it to crisis status and their big guns and big money will be deployed.

knr
Reply to  Adam Gallon
April 16, 2019 1:46 am

If a quite deal canot be done under the counter , and given the unversity has an open book , unlike Peter , as many as it takes .

Ron Long
Reply to  Adam Gallon
April 16, 2019 3:11 am

I’m guessing that law in Australia is basically English Common Law, which to me means the University won’t appeal until the monetary damage is set, and then only appeal if the amount seems excessive. At any rate, nothing like great news to start the day off! Or end the day is you’re in Australia? Whatever, congratulations to Professor Ridd.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Ron Long
April 16, 2019 4:57 am

Not at all. Australian employment law is a bitch (Stupid)! And then there is the contract you sign. So, as ridiculous as it may sound, someone, could take you to court because you said something that offended them, or even wore an item of clothing that offended them. (Case in point. Go do some research).

LdB
Reply to  Adam Gallon
April 16, 2019 4:02 am

You are all incorrect please stop commenting …. you know nothing John Snow.

This isn’t a normal court and it doesn’t act like people are dribbling on about.

You must first seek leave to appeal a decision … please for the love of all things read the rules
https://www.fwc.gov.au/disputes-at-work/how-the-commission-works/appeal-a-decision-or-order#field-content-7-heading

There is no automatic right to appeal. Parties must seek permission to appeal. It is important to note that in the case of appeals against unfair dismissal and general protection arbitration decisions there are additional requirements in relation to permission to appeal.

Given the strength of the finding there is almost way the University will be given the right to appeal.

Nik
Reply to  LdB
April 16, 2019 4:12 am

John Snow from “Game of Thrones”?

Reply to  LdB
April 16, 2019 4:54 am

Pardon my confusion – but was this not an action in Judicial Court, not the earlier stage of an appeal to the Fair Work Commission?

(In any case, you are likely correct, if the Courts in Oz work similarly to the US system. A judicial Appeals Court here will only hear your case if you can convince them that there is a matter of law, not fact, involved.)

amortiser
Reply to  Writing Observer
April 16, 2019 7:03 am

This was a decision of the Federal Court of Australia. It was not a tribunal decision. Be that. As it may, unfortunately, Judge Vasta does not have a great record of his judgements surviving appeals. Dr Ridd’s advocate, Stuart Wood was brilliant in carrying hit he case and was very persuasive compared to the JCU advocate who didn’t seem to have his heart in it.

Now that this case is concluded, Stuart Wood SC may have time to take on Rugby Australia for Israel Folau. This is another important freedom of speech case.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  amortiser
April 16, 2019 8:43 am

No. That is a completely different ball game.

Streetcred
Reply to  amortiser
April 17, 2019 12:15 am

… in the Family Court.

commieBob
Reply to  Adam Gallon
April 16, 2019 4:18 am

I am mildly surprised the university didn’t settle this quietly rather than letting it spin out in court. That said, going to court is a crap shoot and they could have got lucky. On the other hand, a good lawyer keeps her client out of court. My former employer would do ridiculous things to keep out of court.

A large organization can punish the weak by burying them under legal bills. Thank goodness for all those who funded Peter’s fight.

This kind of thing can go on forever. The sad example is Edwin Armstrong arguably the inventor of the FM as well as the circuit which is used by almost all radio receivers (super het.). The fight to enforce his patents probably drove him to his death.

LdB
Reply to  commieBob
April 16, 2019 4:33 am

You are right Commie I think you would remember I said that at the beginning of this, they should have settled. It was a stupid risk and it is going to cost them.

ozspeaksup
Reply to  commieBob
April 16, 2019 4:44 am

hi Bob oh that unis(depts of) been doing similar to other fields using their threats and bluffing quite a few professionals in other fields either into submission or retirement. this is what I hinted at in other comments but really cant say more as other cases are underway to bring them to reality and stop this misuse and abuse of power.
I am grinning ear to ear at the excellent news for Peter and also because a precedent is shown now.
they are NOT above the law OR a law unto themselves;-)

commieBob
Reply to  ozspeaksup
April 16, 2019 5:11 am

The very good example is Jordan Peterson. The guns were turned on him. There was a petition to get him fired. link Then, all of a sudden, he’s not fired and he’s a bit of a rock star. link I don’t understand how that happened and it doesn’t happen for most professors.

The best thing A very good thing about Peterson is that he seems to terrify the loony left. Given that universities are predominantly left leaning, it’s no surprise that there was a petition against him. I think one of the things that protects him is that he’s very careful with his words. link It makes it very hard to trip him up. Just ask Cathy Newman. link

JohnB
Reply to  commieBob
April 16, 2019 7:33 pm

And wasn’t Cathy a joy to watch? 😀

Patrick MJD
Reply to  commieBob
April 16, 2019 4:59 am

They believed the law (System) was on their side (The alarmist side). This is good news and should be posted far and wide.

Andy in Epsom
Reply to  commieBob
April 16, 2019 6:38 am

Normally this is a crap shoot but with loaded dice. I am still stunned at this decision as normally the judiciary are already in on the action.

amortiser
Reply to  Andy in Epsom
April 16, 2019 7:10 am

I attended the case. The judge described the actions of JCU as heavy handed, absolutely abhorrent and reprehensible.

He criticised JCU for its reaction to Ridd’s criticism of the lack of quality assurance in its research. He said that JCU did not make any attempt to show where it had procedures and protocols in place which would contradict Dr Ridd’s statements.

Overall, he was damning in his comments on JCU. He had substantive criticism of the actions of Dr Ridd. That said, you don’t know the result until the judgement comes down. What a fantastic result!!

ripshin
Editor
Reply to  amortiser
April 16, 2019 7:14 am

amortiser,

What were his criticisms of Dr. Ridd?

rip

amortiser
Reply to  amortiser
April 16, 2019 7:33 am

Rip

That should have read “no substantive criticisms”.

My apologies.

ripshin
Editor
Reply to  amortiser
April 16, 2019 8:40 am

Oh, gotcha. Thanks for clarifying!

Lee L
Reply to  amortiser
April 16, 2019 1:27 pm

“He said that JCU did not make any attempt to show where it had procedures and protocols in place which would contradict Dr Ridd’s statements.”

Procedures and protocols…quality assurance… These are not words or attitudes you find in academia. In fact, the PhD, prior to being doled out in degree mill numbers, was itself considered the ‘quality control’. ‘Peer Review’ will likely be argued as the ‘quality control procedure’ should this ever go back to court. Now either there was no peer review or peer review itself comes in flavours and is not a set of documented standards that can be used for as a quality control procedure.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Lee L
April 16, 2019 1:35 pm

Peer review means whatever you want it to mean. It cannot ever be considered as a replacement of documented quality control.

Mr Bliss
Reply to  commieBob
April 16, 2019 6:44 am

It’s called ‘Doubling Down’. They made a fool of themselves and their university by taking action against Peter Ridd, and by then most of the damage was done – they had little to lose continuing – and who knows what external pressure was being put on them NOT to give in

Latitude
Reply to  commieBob
April 16, 2019 7:53 am

“I am mildly surprised the university didn’t settle this quietly “…

I’m surprised parents send their kids there…pay huge sums of money..to get their kids educated…

..and the university just showed the world how stupid they are

Robert of Texas
Reply to  commieBob
April 16, 2019 8:56 am

The new generation of university elite get all emotional about their decisions. They are incapable of actually understanding the framework of laws actually mean, only what they believe they ought to mean.

commieBob
Reply to  Robert of Texas
April 16, 2019 10:52 am

Since the universities are no longer fulfilling their proper purpose, the logical course of action is to defund the universities. link

An alternate course of action is to change how institutions of higher education are accredited. link Accreditation sets the standards necessary for a university to grant degrees. Sadly, if you drill down into the accreditating agencies you find that they are basically puppets of the universities. That protects the interests of the universities and not the public.

If states and the feds take control of the accreditation of the universities and colleges within their jurisdiction, there is a much greater chance that the public’s interests will come before the entrenched interests of special interest groups.

Old Woman of the North
Reply to  Robert of Texas
April 16, 2019 1:46 pm

The trouble is that the running of universities is by bureaucrats who lack the ethical training that scientists are supposed to get, and are focused on marketing and money, not truth, objectivity etc.

Editor
Reply to  Adam Gallon
April 16, 2019 3:29 pm

Will JCU appeal? Good question. The judgement was so comprehensive that I would hope they wouldn’t, but there is still I think a strong possibility that they will. Why? Apart from the importance of the case to them, there is a strong possibility that an appeal presided over by a green judge would succeed. One possible weakness of the decisions in favour of Peter Ridd is that the foundation for every single one them is the same clause 14 – knock it over once at it’s knocked over for all.

But something which I think JCU knows that they are up against is that the pockets of honest citizens, via GoFundMe, are way way deeper than theirs.

Many congratulations, Peter Ridd, I hope the decision holds and the JCU swamp can be totally drained – oh yes, and that the SMH report it properly.

Javert Chip
Reply to  Adam Gallon
April 16, 2019 7:12 pm

This ruling being the crack in the dike, I’m betting the uni needs to appeal until the ruling is overturned or they run out of appeals processes.

I’m not a lawyer, and I don’t know Oz law, but in the US, a District court is given huge defference on findings of fact; US appeals courts focus on legal principles, generally not facts.

Jumbofoot
April 15, 2019 11:59 pm

Rock on!! Maybe Mark Steyn will be next!

John in Oz
April 15, 2019 11:59 pm

WOOHOO!!!

Expect NOTHING from the MSM, especially here in Australia

Reply to  John in Oz
April 16, 2019 1:01 am

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/james-cook-professors-sacking-ruled-unlawful/news-story/bd3c0e40c9e8d7f8b7bcf06461bccfa6

A Federal Court judge has ruled that James Cook University acted unlawfully when it sacked professor Peter Ridd after he publicly criticised the institution and one of its star scientists over claims about the impact global warming had on the Great Barrier Reef…

John of Cloverdale, WA, Australia
Reply to  Paul Matthews
April 16, 2019 1:55 am

Let us see if the ABC, The Sydney Herald, The Age, and The Guardian follow.

Komrade Kuma
Reply to  John of Cloverdale, WA, Australia
April 16, 2019 2:05 am

Nothing on line as of 18:30 today 16th April.

If and when they do my prediction is it will be characterised as a technical victory with no reflection on the substance of what Peter had said re the so called science. Wrap the turd in brown paper and put a ribbon on it.

Komrade Kuma
Reply to  Komrade Kuma
April 16, 2019 6:19 am

ABC on line has an article submitted at about 8 or 9 pm on 16th April. Quite balanced.

The journalist is based in Brisbane so outside the Sydney-Melbourne leftard echo chamber.

Win
Reply to  Komrade Kuma
April 16, 2019 10:18 am

This is amazing ,and unexpected precisely because it is Brisbane.

knr
Reply to  John of Cloverdale, WA, Australia
April 16, 2019 2:32 am

Don’t hold your breath on that .

John C Fairfax
Reply to  John of Cloverdale, WA, Australia
April 16, 2019 3:23 am

Yes, and let’s see if they publish with integrity.

BCBill
Reply to  John of Cloverdale, WA, Australia
April 16, 2019 9:02 am

And of course CBC’s Quirks and Quarks did an interview with Terry Hughes last week with nary a mention of the challenges to his particular brand of junk science. Knowing the depths of PC corruption in CBC, it would not be too cynical to suppose this was a preemptive strike to save the image of one of their poster boys of despair.

Chris Schoneveld
Reply to  John of Cloverdale, WA, Australia
April 16, 2019 12:24 pm

I am sure that The Australian (a Murdoch paper) will give it a lot of editorial space.

bit chilly
Reply to  Paul Matthews
April 16, 2019 2:14 am

Unfortunately the link to the Australian news report on this story appears to be pay walled.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  bit chilly
April 16, 2019 5:04 am

The Australian is pay walled.

Reply to  bit chilly
April 16, 2019 5:12 am

The article in “The Australian” is paywalled but there are ways to get round this. The news is front page in the Townsville Bulletin, and is being covered by Sky News Australia, where JCU’s disgraceful treatment of Dr Robert Carter will be covered again. A ruling of unlawful on SEVENTEEN items is not something that can be swept under the carpet.
Here’s a rough copy of what I have gleaned so far.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/35bgmuvcjlowyl3/Peter%20Ridd%20wins.pdf?dl=0

Komrade Kuma
Reply to  Martin Clark
April 16, 2019 6:09 am

Oh they will sweep it under the carpet alright. Just seventeen technicalities folks. Nothing to see there.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Paul Matthews
April 16, 2019 5:02 am

The Australian is right of centre. So you get some reason. SMH etc etc…forget it!

jorgekafkazar
Reply to  Patrick MJD
April 16, 2019 9:41 am

SMH? Aptly named.

Johanus
Reply to  John in Oz
April 16, 2019 3:18 am

An editorial piece on this case and its impact by Andrew Bolt is currently accessible (16Apr 10:15UTC) on the Courier Mail front page.
https://www.couriermail.com.au/

[It works if you bring up the front page and click on the article, but if you try to save or send the URL and replay it, it will bring up a paywall.]

Stew Green
Reply to  Johanus
April 16, 2019 5:26 am

Yes Australian MSM is different cos just as Fix have Tucker Carlson, Australian Murdoch group have Andrew Bolt who always pushes back against the libmob.
and is hence is hated by them , but is extremely popular with millions of people.

Still this Oz court outcome is a surprise cos here in the UK media/courts routinely STITCH-UP people not conforming to metroliberal bubbleworld.

Zig Zag Wanderer
April 15, 2019 11:59 pm

Yay!

I hope that they don’t appeal, or if they do, that they lose again.

Donald Kasper
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
April 16, 2019 12:05 am

You do not get to relitigate the case. You have to show that the judge made a serious error in judgment or reached a conclusion not based on the case. If the judge in the court type of case is given wide discretion, like they are in divorce court, then appeal is astronomically impossible. The judge can shut that down by demanding defendant post a large bond they forfeit if they do not prevail on appeal.

Non Nomen
Reply to  Donald Kasper
April 16, 2019 12:10 am

JCU has resources that may make a relitigation possible. They also got the manpower. Never underestimate the enemy.

Cloudbase
Reply to  Non Nomen
April 16, 2019 3:08 am

Peter managed to raise A$260k in a matter of days…before closing the funding himself. I doubt that JCU would be stupid enough to bet more money on winning an appeal.
I’d put in more cash for Peter if they tried and I’d bet he could easily raise a mill given just a month or so. This case has travelled world wide now.
Don’t forget his court costs are likely to be paid back too.

LdB
Reply to  Cloudbase
April 16, 2019 4:08 am

The university is already looking down the barrel of a huge payout plus there legal fees they have spent and they may still be ruled to have to re-employee Peter Ridd.

Javert Chip
Reply to  Cloudbase
April 16, 2019 7:25 pm

Hard to accept JCU will be influenced by money.

Remember, all JCU bureaucrats are spending Other People’s Money. JCU doesn’t really “make money” in the corporate sense; they simply ask the legislature for more.

LdB
Reply to  Non Nomen
April 16, 2019 4:06 am

@Non Nomen
It is not a normal court you can’t just appeal and it doesn’t matter how much money or how many lawyers you employee you can’t do what you can’t do .. read the relevant law.

Donald Kasper above stated the position correctly you would need exceptional circumstances to hear an appeal and it goes back to the same court.

Non Nomen
Reply to  LdB
April 16, 2019 5:44 am

Never underestimate the enemy. Does “fabrication” mean something to you?

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Donald Kasper
April 16, 2019 5:40 am

It’s one reason why he paid the price of a QC.

crosspatch
April 16, 2019 12:01 am

All 17 University findings ruled unlawful. That is the sweet taste of victory, alright!

Marcos
April 16, 2019 12:02 am

Sincere congratulations!

Phil Rae
April 16, 2019 12:06 am

Superb result! Justice & common sense prevails! Thank you, Judge Vasta!

April 16, 2019 12:07 am

How many appeals could the James Cook University afford to launch against this legally crushing finding?

crosspatch
Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
April 16, 2019 12:12 am

It would not surprise me if they continue appealing until they get the judge they want.

LdB
Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
April 16, 2019 4:17 am

As per above you can’t appeal. All you could do is seek leave to appeal if there was some really really bad miscarriage like a fact no-one knew. As stands the finding is to string for the Uni to be given the right to appeal.

LdB
Reply to  LdB
April 16, 2019 4:26 am

*strong not string 🙂

Roger C. Buck
Reply to  LdB
April 16, 2019 12:04 pm

And “too” not “to”.

Non Nomen
Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
April 16, 2019 5:57 am

JCU has an annual budget of AUD 113.6 mio.
If I were a student, I’d kick the Chancellor and his bad advisors in their academic a*se for squandering my tuition fees.

Non Nomen
April 16, 2019 12:07 am

Popcorn? Beer? BBQ?

Paul Rossiter
April 16, 2019 12:09 am

Excellent result!

I will be surprised if the university don’t appeal and try to whittle away Peter’s funds. We might need another round of crowd funding to support him.

Non Nomen
Reply to  Paul Rossiter
April 16, 2019 12:14 am

I’ll be in.

Ardy
Reply to  Paul Rossiter
April 16, 2019 1:04 am

#Me2 – The finger up to JCU

Ardy
Reply to  Ardy
April 16, 2019 1:58 pm

This is the bit of the legal document that meant most to me:
Sorry about the formatting C&P issues.

The Concept of Intellectual Freedom

6.Intellectual freedom is also known as academic freedom. It is a concept that underpins universities and institutions devoted to higher learning. Obviously such institutions must have administrators that care for the governance and proper direction of the institution. However, the mission of these institutions must undoubtedly be the search for knowledge which leads to a quest for truth. In reality, intellectual freedom is the cornerstone of this core mission of all institutions of higher learning.

7.This is so because it allows ideas to conflict with each other; to battle and test each other. It is within this “battle” that the strengths and weaknesses of ideas are found out. In this process, there comes “learning”. And with learning comes discovery.

8.At its core, intellectual freedom mandates that academics should express their opinions openly and honestly, while inviting scrutiny and debate about those ideas. Unless opinions are expressed in this way, the growth and expression of ideas will be stifled and new realms of thinking will cease to be explored. That will lead to intellectual and social stagnation and a uniformity of thought which is an anathema to the concept of higher learning and social progress.

9.Intellectual freedom allows academics to challenge the status quo and encourage critical analysis. History tells of many people who did so.

10.During the last 160 years, arguably the two most prominent scientists/academics to challenge the status quo have been Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein. The ideas brought forth by both of these men were extremely controversial and offended several of their academic peers as well as many others in the greater society.

Tim
Reply to  Ardy
April 16, 2019 5:30 pm

‘Peter had spoken against the accepted orthodoxy…’

“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.”
“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” —
– George Orwell

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
Reply to  Paul Rossiter
April 16, 2019 2:29 am

I’ll be in for 50 Aussies

Paul Rossiter
Reply to  Paul Rossiter
April 16, 2019 3:00 am

Watch Peter’s GoFundMe page for any updates.

Susan
April 16, 2019 12:12 am

The university should be required to publish a full account of the whole business so everyone can see their manoeuvres. With the full judgement attached.

Editor
Reply to  Susan
April 16, 2019 6:03 am

Is that legal in Australia? I’d recommend an independent review board should do that, not JCU.

RobK
April 16, 2019 12:14 am

Congratulations Peter and support team.

Jimmy Haigh
April 16, 2019 12:14 am

Excellent! I always like it when David beats Goliath.

Mike Bromley
April 16, 2019 12:15 am

Yes!!!!
As a contributor to his legal fund I am overjoyed!!

Wendy
April 16, 2019 12:29 am

What excellent news!

Brett Keane
Reply to  Wendy
April 16, 2019 1:29 am

Wonderful for Peter and for the Cause of Truth! Well Done All. Brett Keane, NZ

HotScot
April 16, 2019 12:29 am

Great news.

pbweather
April 16, 2019 12:41 am

Shouldn’t Peter Ridd get costs awarded as well?

yarpos
Reply to  pbweather
April 16, 2019 12:51 am

yes , next steps, this is just the judgement

costs, reputational damage, income foregone, personal damages and probably stuff I havent dreamt of

ResourceGuy
Reply to  yarpos
April 16, 2019 6:23 am

Don’t forget global damages inflicted on the science community at large and the senses. And then there were the damages to tour operators from the unofficial boycott of Australia as a travel destination.

LdB
Reply to  pbweather
April 16, 2019 4:13 am

They are facing a bucket load of damages which will be ruled on and likely be ordered to re-instate him. If they refuse that (they can) they face an even harsher set of damages.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  LdB
April 16, 2019 5:26 am

IMO he will be offered re-instatement. If it were me I would refuse.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Patrick MJD
April 16, 2019 9:17 am

Oh, no, no, no, a thousand times no! Accept reinstatement. Walk around campus smiling sweetly. When asked about the issue, continue to smite the liars (‘Reefers’ and their administration toadies) loudly and to the media outlets. He has a free pass now to be as publicly obnoxious as he wants.

And don’t tell me he should play nice. Payback is a Bitch.

Chris Schoneveld
Reply to  Dave Fair
April 16, 2019 12:28 pm

I am 100% with you.

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  Dave Fair
April 16, 2019 7:46 pm

Absolutely agree. No time to go softly on them now.

Editor
Reply to  pbweather
April 16, 2019 6:01 am

On Edwin Armstrong: There is doubt he invented FM. It’s just that David Sarnoff managed to steal it aided by an incompetent Supreme Court decision.

https://www.damninteresting.com/the-tragic-birth-of-fm-radio/

Editor
Reply to  Ric Werme
April 16, 2019 6:05 am

Oops, that got filed in the wrong spot. Combination of my cluelessness and the blog software. Sorry.

Editor
Reply to  Ric Werme
April 16, 2019 7:09 pm

Also, I meant to say there is no doubt.

Remind me not to hurry getting off to work….

Manniac
Reply to  Ric Werme
April 16, 2019 8:14 am

There are so many great articles on that site it’s unbelievable. Surprised that I hadn’t read that one before.

Editor
Reply to  pbweather
April 16, 2019 6:06 am

> Shouldn’t Peter Ridd get costs awarded as well?

See point 2 in the court order. “… adjourned to a date to be fixed.”

Dave N
April 16, 2019 12:43 am

Cue the MSM to report something like that it’s a “tragic day for science”, or similar.

yarpos
April 16, 2019 12:43 am

Excellent, I wonder what the clowns at JCU will make of this. The spin will be epic.

Neville
April 16, 2019 12:44 am

Wonderful news for Peter and freedom of speech. But never underestimate these con merchants.

A. Scott
April 16, 2019 12:45 am

Bravo Peter … a big win today for science … and the scientific method.

Hopefully a shot heard ’round the world …

bit chilly
Reply to  A. Scott
April 16, 2019 2:10 am

A.Scott is correct,it is as big a result for the integrity of science as it is for Peter.Congratulations Peter,i hope you are recompensed appropriately and you can do your best to put this whole sorry episode behind you and enjoy life going forward.

Dave Fair
Reply to  bit chilly
April 16, 2019 9:21 am

It could be that this will push Dr. Ridd into the position of an anti-‘Reefer’ activist. [Am I wrong in believing that the word ‘Reefer’ in reference to the rent-seekers is my creation?]

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  Dave Fair
April 16, 2019 7:57 pm

If we are called Climate Deniers, it seems appropriate that Peter would now be called a Reef Denier. And a successful one at that.

Brent Hargreaves
April 16, 2019 12:47 am

Marvellous news! Congratulations to Peter, his family, his support team.

John West
April 16, 2019 12:47 am

Thank You So Much Peter for making the stand against corruption in our Universities, Sadly they where once a place of great learning ,they seem to have become a place of of corrupt conformity.

Komrade Kuma
April 16, 2019 12:49 am

Peter,

congratulations and what a win!

Will this get reported on the ABC or the Fairfax/Nine ( F&$kfacts” media in Oz)? I doubt it. Cannot imagine Peter Hannam or Nicole Hasham being able to go anywhere near this result. We will certainly see who the real ‘deniers’ are.

Can’t wait for any damages decision. Given the overwhelming nature of the basic judgement ( all 17 actions were unlawful !), the damages should be substantial and I just hope there is a punitive dimension to them.

Those gutless wonders at JCU deserve the biggest kick in the professional nuts possible.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Komrade Kuma
April 16, 2019 9:24 am

The politicized bureaucracy will blunder along unhindered; the suffering taxpayers will foot the bill.

Jim Simpson
April 16, 2019 12:57 am

Halle..Bloody..Luiah !! How sweet it is.

From all at The Climate Realists of Five Dock in Sydney, Australia – SINCERE CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

One small step for Peter Ridd, One Giant Leap for Science!!

Jim Simpson
April 16, 2019 1:03 am

Hallelujah !! How sweet it is!!

One Small Step for Peter Ridd, One Giant Leap for Science & common sense!

Sincere congratulations Peter from The Climate Realists of Five Dock in Sydney – Australia, contributors toward the legal campaign!

Next step – finding CO2 NOT guilty of the claims that it’s a pollutant & primary driver of so called Global Warming!

Ardy
April 16, 2019 1:11 am

Great result Peter,
I like many here who donated with little expectation of a win against the establishment are ecstatic with this news! Now the backlash from the Greens, paid protestors, left wing media (ie most of them), twitter madness, emotional cripples and the rest of the ‘only believe the what you are told’ group.

Rolf H Carlsson
April 16, 2019 1:12 am

Excellant, congrats!

Coeur de Lion
April 16, 2019 1:20 am

But what about the Great Barrier Reef arguments? Not an issue here?

Mr.
Reply to  Coeur de Lion
April 16, 2019 8:11 am

The parties’ credibility was what was being tested here – JCU’s “settled science” vs Peter Ridd’s “systematic science”.
I guess Judge Vasta found Ridd had credibility in spades. JCU – nah!

Dave Fair
Reply to  Coeur de Lion
April 16, 2019 9:29 am

Dr. Ridd asserted the ‘Reefers’ were hiding facts, misrepresenting data/photos and reaching erroneous conclusions. Any publicity around those assertions should gain traction in ‘reef mania’ Australia.

Alan Tomalty
April 16, 2019 1:21 am

We need more court fights because the alarmists won’t debate. Not with firings though. Somehow we have to sue Al Gore’s Church of Climatology.

Editor
Reply to  Alan Tomalty
April 16, 2019 2:51 am

Alan, I guess the question is, is it illegal for the United Nations to create a bogus crisis (CAGW) in order to advance political agendas (worldwide supra-national socialism). This seems to be happening regularly now.

Regards,
Bob

Editor
Reply to  Bob Tisdale
April 16, 2019 3:56 am

To answer my own question, as far as I can find online, the UN can’t be sued unless they waive their right to immunity.

Regards,
Bob

LdB
Reply to  Bob Tisdale
April 16, 2019 4:24 am

That is only in the USA there are many countries you can sue the UN.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Bob Tisdale
April 16, 2019 9:32 am

As more information comes out about the one-world socialistic kleptocrats, the more one will hear “get the U.S. out of the UN.”

nankerphelge
April 16, 2019 1:26 am

Wow!
I just got in and read an email from Jennifer M.
It might just be the crack in the wall that brings to book outrageous behaviour from Universities world wide that have stage managed people that should have the most open of minds and turned them into mind slaves.
Let us hope the MSM picks up on this!!

Warren
Reply to  nankerphelge
April 16, 2019 1:32 am

AU left MSM will ignore or downplay.

Warren
April 16, 2019 1:30 am

Excellent Peter & supporters many & varied.
The left hate Vasta. Au ABC in particular has targeted him in the past.
JCU will be in crisis meetings with green-mafia discussing funding for appeal.
Richard Di Natale, Bill Shorten and Mr X (Turnbull) will be cheering JCU on with offers of support.
The left won’t take this one lying down . . .

LdB
Reply to  Warren
April 16, 2019 4:20 am

It actually would not have mattered which Judge this came before the university had a weak argument and it really was unsurprising they lost.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Warren
April 16, 2019 5:35 am

They will just GetUp! millions pouring in to them now…

Duker
April 16, 2019 1:42 am

ABC in Australia did cover the background last week, probably gave more attention to the JCU side . I’m betting the follow up story in the next few days will give mostly JCU side of story
https://www.abc.net.au/7.30/james-cook-university-staff-avoid-using-emails/9872040

Karlos51
April 16, 2019 1:44 am

Let’s see what the students at JCU do, assuming they are moral and decent humans..

I know what I’d do if I found I was studying at such a contemptible institute, I’d withdraw immediately and make it clear why I was doing so.

pbweather
Reply to  Karlos51
April 16, 2019 1:55 am

Actually I would not be surprised given the general left leaning politics of uni students that they organise sit ins or protests to stop him returning.

Then outside the Uni expect left wing green extremists to threaten him or intimidate his return.

PeterGB
Reply to  pbweather
April 16, 2019 3:26 am

I can’t see Peter returning. The personal cost to him and those close to him in non-financial terms must be immense. The months/years of suffering total stress syndrome and emotional fatigue must have sapped his health, strength and will. Hopefully the compensatory payments will ensure that he can fully recuperate in his own time and go on to greater things than suffering in the failing world of academia. With his in-depth knowledge of the GBR I’m certain he will find a new and more rewarding calling.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  PeterGB
April 16, 2019 5:08 am

I agree. It will be a hell for him. Sad to say it, he may have to move inter-state, may even leave Australia. He won’t be able to find work here.

April 16, 2019 1:48 am

Not yet mentioned is the matter of the Great Barrier Reef.

After all it was the reason for Peters dismissal. So this judgement will put a big dent in the JCU’s fundraising.

If indeed this judgement is confirmed, no appeals or denied then they can no longer say the GBR is in great danger and thus it requires lots and lots of Government money. I can see many of the top brass heads will role.

MJE VK5ELL

ozspeaksup
Reply to  Michael
April 16, 2019 4:51 am

yeah turncoats 400k direct cash donation sure needs some explaining did before even more so now.

Dave Fair
Reply to  ozspeaksup
April 16, 2019 9:36 am

ozspeaksup, please explain your comment.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Dave Fair
April 16, 2019 9:55 am

Mr. Turnbull (Commonly known as Turncoat because he is), former prime minister of Australia donated nearer AU$500mil to “defend the reef” from climate change about a year ago. No idea where the fund is going to be spent.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Patrick MJD
April 16, 2019 10:59 am

Where did Mr. Turnbull get the money, Patrick?

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Patrick MJD
April 16, 2019 7:43 pm

I would say the consolidated fund. It’s never been made clear.

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  Patrick MJD
April 16, 2019 8:02 pm

The uni didn’t even ask for it, it was as much a surprise to them as it was for everyone else. It was just done, out of the blue, and for no stated reason.

PeterGB
Reply to  Greg Cavanagh
April 17, 2019 3:08 am

” and for no stated reason.”
No statement needed, just a very high profile virtue signal.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Patrick MJD
April 16, 2019 9:32 pm

Well, it is an election year after all.

Geir Aaslid
April 16, 2019 1:48 am

Excellent!

Brett Keane
April 16, 2019 1:48 am

Wonderful for Peter and for the Cause of Truth! Well Done All. Brett Keane, NZ

a happy little debunker
April 16, 2019 1:53 am

Under Australia’s IR regime, it now becomes a matter for the JCU & Peter Ridd as to of how much money will make him just go away.

No winners!

LdB
Reply to  a happy little debunker
April 16, 2019 4:37 am

I would argue all workers are the winners it sets very clear guidelines.

Sceptical lefty
April 16, 2019 1:54 am

It’s a sweet victory for wrongful dismissal — not for science. I don’t believe that Mr Ridd’s science is vindicated, nor that the court attempted to do so, but his academic right to hold and expound on a view at odds with his colleagues has been vindicated. This is vitally important to any concept of academic freedom.

The question is: can J.C.U. afford to let this rest here? Can they make a case that at least part of the judgement is unsound?

Sorry to sound like a wet blanket, but I can’t bring myself to pop the champagne just yet.

Lewis P Buckingham
Reply to  Sceptical lefty
April 16, 2019 2:35 am

‘not for science.’
It will be interesting to see the actual judgement and the discretion the Judge takes.

Graemethecat
Reply to  Sceptical lefty
April 16, 2019 3:56 am

Ridd’s assertions about the effect of CAGW on the Great Barrier Reef are false? News to me.

jtom
Reply to  Sceptical lefty
April 16, 2019 6:40 am

I must disagree. At the very least, Australian university reserchers now know they can disagree with the ‘consensus’, and not be immediately sacked. Open debate is always a win for science.

son of mulder
April 16, 2019 1:58 am

Marvellous news. Right is might.

Lurker Pete
April 16, 2019 2:00 am

Excellent news!

new.google.com search from the UK on ‘Peter Ridd’ has 1 lonely piece from couriermail.com.au, and that’s paywalled.

Chris Wright
Reply to  Lurker Pete
April 16, 2019 3:42 am

That’s strange – I’m also in the UK and googling for Peter Ridd produced lots of hits, including reports of this wonderful news. There’s an excellent article by Peter Ridd, well worth reading:
http://blackjay.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Ridd-P-Chapter-1-from-Climate-Change-The-Facts-2017-IPA.pdf

This is absolutely fantastic news. I hope Peter Ridd and his team will be able to win further legal battles, such as being awarded full costs. Of course, as well as a marvellous personal win it is also a win for the freedom of speech and thought. Sadly, the places where these things seem to be most under threat are the universities themselves.

I’m quite sure that global warming (with a little help from humanity) is primarily natural and also massively beneficial. History repeatedly shows that when the climate warms mankind prospers and when the climate cools mankind suffers.

This is a victory for decency and for science, but we have to be realistic. It will require many, many more victories before this evil Goliath can be destroyed. But there is cause for hope. In the long run, the truth always prevails. And the most powerful man on the planet is on our side! I can’t stand Twitter, but for once I hope President Trump will write a tweet about this!
Chris

Lurker Pete
Reply to  Chris Wright
April 16, 2019 4:07 pm

Not just a general google search, a google news search to see who was covering this announcment. There’s 7 results now, all pretty bland sticking to the ‘unlawful’ nature of his sacking, rather than what he had to say about the GBR.

Venter
April 16, 2019 2:03 am

Brilliant news and a great victory for Peter Ridd and for justice.

sonofametman
April 16, 2019 2:08 am

Well done to Peter and his legal team.
It has cheered me up to see that my (very) modest contribution was not in vain.
I checked the Australia section of the BBC News website: nothing.
Lots of blather about sport, and the Cardinal Pell case, but nothing on this case which
has major implications for academic freedom and scientific integrity.
Let’s hope JCU see the error of their ways.

Michael Spencer
April 16, 2019 2:11 am

Congratulations Peter! And now for compensation and, more importantly, vindication of your true science about the Great Barrier Reef.

But now, no doubt we will see see the outrage from the usual suspects, including Media stalwarts like “Their ABC”, “The Pravda-by-the-Yarra”, “The Socialist Moaning Herald”, et al.. And I doubt that “The Climate Council”, the ACF, and “experts” of that ilk will now put extra effort into proving that black equals white – in their usual manner!

Once again: congratulations Peter! Perhaps now you might have a little peace ….

Stoic
April 16, 2019 2:11 am

Well done Peter Ridd, his supporters and his legal team! The huge stress on an individual taking on a corporate monster in the High Court should not be underestimated.

rah
April 16, 2019 2:16 am

Justice delayed is justice denied. Think about that when you compare how quickly Peter’s case was heard with the pace of a crippled snail that we see in Steyn vs. Mann here.

Lewis P Buckingham
April 16, 2019 2:18 am

What struck me about the JCU decision to sack Peter Ridd was the lack of ordinary human decency.
As an undergraduate I recall that the tutor demonstrators that were the most officious had not obtained their PhD’s.
Once they reached their goal they were polite and answered any ‘stupid’ student question with care and confidence.
The JCU administration must have a bedrock of people who lack confidence in their own administration and staff.
Otherwise why ‘protect’ the university with such nuclear censure, particularly using concepts of collegiality best left in fourth grade?
Just paying Ridd damages will not be enough.
The JCU council needs to immediatly set up an audit of work done on the Reef and publish it.
This site could assist by discussing data and reanalyzing it.
There is too much money and interest in the reef to let this slip in to the hands of those wanting to
destroy the science and snuff out debate.
As recently as Sunday a front pager in the Sun Herald declared the reef at an end.
The barbarians are at the gate.

Juan Slayton
Reply to  Lewis P Buckingham
April 16, 2019 4:04 am

The barbarians are at the gate.

So open the gate and kick them out. :>)

Non Nomen
Reply to  Lewis P Buckingham
April 16, 2019 6:04 am

You’ll probably find more decency in the wilderness amongst raptors than in academia, e. g. Mann ./. Steyn (and the rest of the decent world).

Graemethecat
April 16, 2019 2:21 am

Wonderful to see honesty and decency being rewarded for a change. JCU’s reputation has been tarnished by the disgraceful episode.

Chris
April 16, 2019 2:22 am

This is good news.

ghalfrunt
April 16, 2019 2:22 am

At last.
Now I can change my energy course to include free energy from magnetic monopoles, cold fusion reactors.

An the university can do nothing about it!

And my wife can start up her course on anti-vaccination.

And my son can lecture on the truth about flat earth and how NASA lied about the moon landings!

Brilliant

Freedom of speech rules.

Graemethecat
Reply to  ghalfrunt
April 16, 2019 3:33 am

Are you comparing Dr Peter Ridd’s factual objections to CAGW with cold fusion and ant-vaxx nonsense?

4 Eyes
Reply to  ghalfrunt
April 16, 2019 3:50 am

The same old puerile illogic of those who smugly think they know best

LdB
Reply to  ghalfrunt
April 16, 2019 4:21 am

The ruling had nothing to do with Free Speech and we don’t even have any Free Speech rights in Australia although it usually surprises the average Australian layman.

ozspeaksup
Reply to  LdB
April 16, 2019 4:56 am

yeah but everyone thinks the usa constitution and ours are the same;-( and people have died cos some idiot dialled 911 instead of 000
our constitution gives us little and demands all its pommy-overloard material

Patrick MJD
Reply to  ghalfrunt
April 16, 2019 4:46 am

We don’t have freedom of speech in Aus, sadly.

Reply to  ghalfrunt
April 16, 2019 5:14 am

So far as I know, a University could, and can still, let you lecture on anything you want, from Ancient Astronauts to Climate Catastrophe.

What they won’t be able to do (hopefully, after this case) is suppress those who call you out for your fakery.

John Endicott
Reply to  ghalfrunt
April 16, 2019 9:38 am

At last.
Now I can change my energy course to include free energy from magnetic monopoles, cold fusion reactors.

An the university can do nothing about it!

And my wife can start up her course on anti-vaccination.

And my son can lecture on the truth about flat earth and how NASA lied about the moon landings!

Brilliant

The university always could hire you to promote such nonsense, after all that’s what they were doing with the GBR. But now those who point out your nonsense won’t have to worry about losing their jobs for it. It truly is brilliant!

Paul Penrose
Reply to  ghalfrunt
April 16, 2019 10:04 am

Rubbish. This judgement says nothing about what kind of courses the university can decide are going to be (or not be) taught. What this says is that if a professor publicly objects to a course titled “Feminist Astronomy”, in which only women are allowed, they don’t have to worry about being censored or sacked.

Vuk
April 16, 2019 2:26 am

Congratulations to Dr. Ridd, his team and anyone else who helped especially to WUWT for bringing the case to attention of the world of the true science.

Patrick Powers
April 16, 2019 2:27 am

Wonderful news!

As well as getting rid of the University VC and SDVC and Peter getting his job and expenses back, perhaps we might now also hope that this will lead to equal opportunities for funding research into all aspects of a scientific hypothesis – at least in countries that subscribe to Common Law.

Tim.
April 16, 2019 2:31 am

Absolutely brilliant news.

Don Vickers
April 16, 2019 2:34 am

As we have federal elections in OZ I propose Peter Ridd for PM as he is the only one I can see with any integrity and who will end all of the wasted millions on climate change clap trap.

Well done Peter

Carl Friis-Hansen
April 16, 2019 2:35 am
Phillip Bratby
April 16, 2019 2:44 am

This is really good news both for free speech and academic independence and integrity. It will be interesting to see how JCU reacts. Will this decision get much publicity in the MSM? I hope Peter Ridd gets a huge compensation package.

It’s a good job we have gofundme to make this possible.

It doesn't add up...
April 16, 2019 2:53 am

A great victory for truth. Well done to the team who procured it.

Rod Evans
April 16, 2019 3:00 am

Well done Peter, and well done the Australian Judiciary. It should not be underestimated how much pressure would have been on the judge to fudge, rather than to be emphatic.
Let’s hope the Mann versus Steyn case is as clear and emphatic, when that eventually gets into court.

Bruiser
April 16, 2019 3:05 am

Great result. Congratulations to all concerned.

M.W.Plia
April 16, 2019 3:55 am

Now this is not the end.
It is not even the beginning of the end.
But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.

Voltron
April 16, 2019 3:59 am

Can almost guarantee absolutely no one from JCU management will be fired. The mentality is shared by all management. In their eyes they are the champions of goodness and light and this is a minor setback.

They might be forced to reinstate him, then they’ll make him redundant.

LdB
Reply to  Voltron
April 16, 2019 4:10 am

They need to be very very careful he will have halo protection from the action. They are already facing one set of damages they won’t be in a hurry to try for a second.

John Endicott
Reply to  LdB
April 16, 2019 9:45 am

Indeed. But you can be sure, it they’re forced to reinstate him, that they will be watching him like a hawk for the slightest infraction with which to build a termination case and will be careful to make the case as airtight as possible.

PeterGB
Reply to  RLH
April 16, 2019 4:12 am

Surprisingly their coverage is accurate, if a little one-sided, but immediately beneath the article is the usual Grauniad claptrap nonsense: “We’re with you…
… in the fight to protect the environment. By keeping the Guardian’s environmental coverage open and accessible, we can report on the changes needed to avoid climate and natural catastrophe.”
I won’t be donating.

LdB
Reply to  PeterGB
April 16, 2019 4:31 am

It is not accurate about one bit “James Cook University is considering its legal options” … it has almost no legal options left.

All they could do is seek leave to appeal based on some miscarriage of justice, they don’t get to argue the case itself again. Given the strength of the finding it would need to be a technical legal problem for them to be given an appeal.

PeterGB
Reply to  LdB
April 16, 2019 4:46 am

Yes, but I’m certain the first reaction of the academic administrators would have been to seek advice on their “legal options”. Oh to have been a fly on the wall when their situation was fully explained to them. I somehow doubt their advisors would have anticipated a judgement as totally damning as this and their client would have been unprepared for this outcome.

John Endicott
Reply to  LdB
April 16, 2019 10:16 am

It is not accurate about one bit “James Cook University is considering its legal options” … it has almost no legal options left.

Yeah, but that’s pretty much a standard boilerplate response. Even when the only legal option left is to wait to see how much damages they’ll have to pay.

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
Reply to  RLH
April 16, 2019 9:19 am

From the Guardian article:

The Townsville-based university’s provost professor, Chris Cocklin, noted the judgment does not refer to any case law.

“We disagree with the judgment and we maintain we have not taken issue with Dr Ridd’s nor any other employee’s rights to academic freedom,” Cocklin said in a statement.

“Dr Ridd was not sacked because of his scientific views. Dr Ridd was never gagged or silenced about his scientific views, a matter which was admitted during the court hearing.”

Rather difficult to square that interpretation with the court’s decision that every finding by the University was illegal.

oakwood
Reply to  Manfred Schropp
April 16, 2019 4:39 am

The Guardian doesn’t hesitate to report the university’s claim that this was not about his views on the reef and climate change, but about his conduct. So what would the Guardian have said to a professor who skipped his contractural lecturing obligations to go an a climate change march?

Malcolm Chapman
April 16, 2019 4:18 am

This is splendid news. If more funds are needed, bring it on. The Spectator is perhaps the only rag in the UK that can be relied upon to report loudly on this. Let’s see what the Daily Telegraph does. From the BBC, expect sullen silence.

R.E.A. F.
April 16, 2019 4:18 am

Hallelujah!

At least once in a while justice prevails.

In the long run, truth will allways.

Rainer Facius

oakwood
April 16, 2019 4:42 am

There seems to be some paradix on the judge’s comments. According to The Guadrian, 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,” Vasta said in his judgement.

“Rather, this trial was purely and simply about the proper construction of a clause in an enterprise agreement.”
But he 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.”

Patrick MJD
April 16, 2019 4:44 am

This is going to hurt! And the Australian MSM are silent!

Patrick MJD
April 16, 2019 4:48 am

I will be posting this link on any climate change article posted on Aussie MSM sites.

Derek Wood
April 16, 2019 5:15 am

Absolutely brilliant! I’m so pleased.

Steve Richards
April 16, 2019 5:29 am

From memory, some of this case was about ‘lack of quality control’ in great barrier reef research, and the ability to flag it up publically.

Does this ruling go towards the retraction of papers produced by the errant department, and potentially, the review of Phds awarded by this department?

Patrick MJD
April 16, 2019 5:31 am

This is good news to a point but for all those readers who are outside Australia it’s not all that good IMO. My personal opinion, and based on my experience in Australian employment law, he may have “won” in the court but he will find it difficult in the greater working environment. It why some people actually change their names after big “events”. One would be better off going to court and being convicted of an actual crime.

Photios
Reply to  Patrick MJD
April 16, 2019 6:08 am

He will be flagged up as a “troublemaker’ and may very well be blacklisted.

Rod Evans
Reply to  Photios
April 16, 2019 6:52 am

All the more reason for his legal team to argue for punitive damages from the Uni then. If he is unlikely to secure future work in the closed shop system that is academia these days, then he should go for a $50 million settlement.

Photios
Reply to  Rod Evans
April 16, 2019 7:05 am

Agreed.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Photios
April 16, 2019 9:54 am

Like I said, Dr. Ridd should demand reinstatement an use his position as a platform to screw with his abusers. I know, I know; a wilting flower couldn’t stand the strain.

Julian
April 16, 2019 5:33 am

Great News

Rud Istvan
April 16, 2019 5:59 am

My substantial contribution to him was money well spent. Excellent result.

Dr. Strangelove
April 16, 2019 5:59 am

Sweet victory to Prof. Ridd and all donors, Jennifer Marohasy, Anthony Watts. Our donations paid off big time. Feels better than winning in the slot machine! :-0

wadelightly
April 16, 2019 6:11 am

Congratulations Dr. Ridd. It is still astonishing to me that the scientific community has been so corrupted.

ResourceGuy
Reply to  wadelightly
April 16, 2019 6:24 am

…and sheepish

Steve O
Reply to  wadelightly
April 16, 2019 6:25 am

Academia has always been very political, and Science has always resembled a Game of Thrones.

Editor
April 16, 2019 6:12 am

Bob Carter is dancing a jig in his grave. He’d be thrilled with this decision.

RobR
April 16, 2019 6:30 am

Yes!

Paul Miller
April 16, 2019 6:31 am

A huge victory for freedom and science.

The process IS the punishment. The big government statist types know this. The University probably figures that it could bankrupt the poor man before justice could be served. Sadly, this is often what happens in such cases.

Thanks to all who provided the funding to stand up to this fascist nonsense.

April 16, 2019 6:40 am

A wonderful victory for intellectual freedom!

Ethan Brand
April 16, 2019 6:57 am

Excellent result. Please ensure you read the decision in full before making any detailed judgements or comments. You can find a pdf of the decision here (hopefully…I could directly access):
https://platogbr.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/ridd-v-james-cook-university-2019-fcca-997-.pdf

A taste of what you will find: (just a single page of the 79 page Decision)

REASONS FOR JUDGMENT
Introduction
1. Some have thought that this trial was about freedom of speech and intellectual freedom. Others have thought that this trial was about the manner in which academics should conduct themselves. Some observers may have thought that this trial was about the use of non-offensive words when promulgating scientific ideas. Media reports have considered that this trial was about silencing persons with controversial or unpopular views.
2. Though many of those issues were canvased and discussed throughout the hearing of this matter, this trial was about none of the above. Rather, this trial was purely and simply about the proper construction of a clause in an Enterprise Agreement. Whilst the Court acknowledges that there may be consequences that touch upon these other issues because of the Court’s construction of that clause, none of those consequences can play any part in the determination of the proper construction of that clause.
3. The clause in question is cl.14 of the James Cook University Enterprise Agreement. It is headed “Intellectual Freedom”. It, and it alone, is the focus of this judgement.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Ethan Brand
April 16, 2019 10:26 am

At JC University, at least, there is now some academic protection from the official CliSci and Reefer mobs. Remember, though, they can still whip up the student mobs to personally attack freethinkers. The universities are then ‘forced’ to do what they wanted to do all along.

The case also underscores the power of cloud-funding. The individual normally hasn’t the resources to fight the deep pockets of government institutions and NGOs. Cloud-funding evens the playing field.

PmhinSC
Reply to  Ethan Brand
April 16, 2019 1:18 pm

<bPlease ensure you read the decision in full before making any detailed judgements or comments.

Excellent advice for this post and many others. I think the decision speaks for itself and my only comment is to congratulate Dr. Ridd and hope other court cases can build on this.

icisil
April 16, 2019 7:00 am

Denigrating JCU seems too impersonal to me. This is really about the @sswipe academics who are willing to destroy another man’s reputation and career for the sake of their own little safe space to protect their corruption and incompetence. So if I may, let me say to all of those frauds and posers, “Eff you, and may you swiftly reap what you have sown”

Stew Green
April 16, 2019 7:03 am

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.”//

==========

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.”

Item ends with IAIN GORDON, DEPUTY VICE-CHANCELLOR, JCU:
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* .//

Grant
Reply to  Stew Green
April 16, 2019 7:30 am

Color me a non lawyer, but seems to me publicly disagreeing with his colleagues’ findings was a breach of the code of conduct. How is that academic freedom?

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Grant
April 16, 2019 7:51 am

Someone had a dummy spit!

knr
Reply to  Grant
April 16, 2019 8:11 am

Because there is a reason its called ‘critical review ‘ not pat each other on the back review , although to be fair within climate ‘science‘ it is ‘different ‘ .

Nick Werner
Reply to  Stew Green
April 16, 2019 7:52 am

Given the rebuke delivered with the judge’s ruling, shouldn’t JCU be a little more… ‘collegial’… when discussing Dr. Ridd?

Lark
Reply to  Nick Werner
April 16, 2019 4:09 pm

Given that they think their lying, censoring, libeling and firing are collegial, while Dr. Ridd’s polite telling of the truth is not, the applicability of your advice depends on the definition you would like them to use.

Ethan Brand
April 16, 2019 7:10 am

You REALLY need to read the Decision….WUWT: Could you post the decision in full at the end of the original post?: I think this would be extremely helpful, and encourage more commenters to actually read the full decision. The would greatly add to the value of comments.

Another tidbit: (These are directly from the Judges Decision)

“76. What Professor Ridd did was point out anomalies in the methodology and conclusions made by Professor Hughes and others. He invited the journalist to ask questions of Professor Hughes and others so that debate could ensue and the public be able to discern the truth for themselves.
77. It would seem to me that this is exactly what a university should be encouraging and, relevantly, why cl.14.3 actually exists.”

George
April 16, 2019 7:12 am

The Judge’s findings are damning of JCU and should be read by everyone who values intellectual freedom.

And what was the response of JCU:

“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.”

Sadly, these guys will never learn.

Stew Green
Reply to  George
April 16, 2019 7:47 am

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

icisil
Reply to  George
April 16, 2019 8:03 am

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

I despise people who twist words like this.

Stewve Rowland
April 16, 2019 7:12 am

Congratulations for your win Peter! I am proud to have helped in a small way. Thanks to WUWT for making the world aware of your case and the crowd funding possibility. Steve R in Canada

Patrick MJD
April 16, 2019 7:18 am

It is also federal election year in Australia, date May 18th. It’s going to be interesting.

Ethan Brand
April 16, 2019 7:35 am

The Decision contains some of the most succinct criticisms related to the endemic problems with the AGW “tribe” that I have read….The observation that the “tribe” (and yes, I am being a bit hypocritical here…:)) for the most part has degenerated into ad hominem attacks against both individuals as well as AGW skeptics in general (ie Deniers) is, to me, the only real proof needed that much of what they are asserting is either pretty weak, or perhaps just nonsense.

“125. Again, whilst it is not part of the matters that I have to decide, it would seem that, rather than disciplining Professor Ridd, the better option would have been to provide evidence that would illustrate the errors in what he has said. If it had been shown that what Professor Ridd had been saying was demonstrably wrong, that would have been the greatest rebuke of all.”

Carl Osborne
April 16, 2019 7:42 am

Made my day! Some of the best money I ever spent.

Doug Hilliard