Inside Peter Ridd’s fight for freedom of speech on climate change.

A fantastic series from the Institute of public affairs.

The Heretic is an insiders’ account of Peter Ridd’s ongoing legal battle with James Cook University. It tells the story of why Peter spoke out on the bad science surrounding climate change and the Great Barrier Reef, the extraordinary lengths that James Cook University went to silence him, and how Peter fought back in court.

Written and presented by IPA Director of Policy Gideon Rozner, The Heretic series draws on extensive interviews with Peter’s colleagues, legal team and former students, as well as journalists, commentators, union leaders, IPA staff and of course Peter himself.

Tune in and listen to the fascinating story of how Dr Peter Ridd took on the academic establishment, and won.

IPA Members will have access to extended content, as well as updates on the case and exclusive events, including a special IPA Town Hall Talk event with Peter Ridd. To become an IPA member click here now.

Here is episode 1: ‘The Truth about the Reef’

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Master of the Obvious
Reply to  Krishna Gans
May 26, 2020 3:13 pm

With the impending budget squeeze (due to Covid 19), this would be good opportunity to refocus funding to programs and organizations with more promising future results. With their current track record, JCU would be hard pressed to make a compelling case for continued funding. Additionally, the government should also favor those organizations who have demonstrated stewardship of the funding they already command.

JCU has failed on multiple levels and now appears determined to double-down on that malfeasance.

Reply to  Master of the Obvious
May 26, 2020 3:54 pm


Reply to  Master of the Obvious
May 26, 2020 5:06 pm

“Saving The Reef” has become big business. The reef is swinging from tourism to “saving” as its most reliable source of income. This puts JCU in the box seat as many of its programs are directed at saving along with a myriad of other universities deep into saving.

Here is a recent example:
Imagine if bleaching was a non event

Another here:
Now heat resistance coral being developed.

Google “saving the great barrier reef”. I get 2.6M hits. You can personally contribute to saving the the reef:

Anything that threatens the “saving” industry will get clobbered in what ever way it can.

May 26, 2020 5:07 pm

If I was about 30 years younger, I’d be embarking on an ambitious tele documentary to inform the world about the wonder of the natural world that is the Great Barrier Reef.

I’d show people how far the GBR proper is out to sea from the coast (~ 100kms average), how it rises from the continental shelf of the South Pacific Ocean’s Coral Sea, and how it now occupies seabed that was dry land 10,000 years ago.

I would point out that inshore fringing coral up & down the east coast of Queensland, Australia is NOT the Great Barrier Reef, although this is what the mainstream media usually depicts as the GBR.
I’d also show how inshore fringing coral is so resilient that it resurrects itself quite quickly after being pounded by wild cyclonic seas, and covered in sediment from seasonal flooding of coastal rivers.

I might even cut to a few shots of the current healthy Bikini Atoll lagoon reef system that was totally demolished by nuclear bomb testing in the 1950s. It totally regenerated within one human lifetime.

How good are coral reefs? They’ll be here long after we’re gone.

(And take note JCU. Peter Ridd already knows all this stuff. But it’s obvious that you muppets don’t)

Reply to  Mr.
May 26, 2020 6:35 pm

Hey Mr, we know that the “muppets” are only presenting the required agenda. After all that’s what they are paid to do.

Integrity, what does that mean?

May 26, 2020 6:07 pm

If climate science were science it would not have had this desperate need for the 97% consensus. This kind of attack on dissenters is the proof that climate science is really anti fossil fuel activism reincrnated as a kind of science that cannot be questioned.

Reply to  Chaamjamal
May 26, 2020 6:49 pm

Under the B….Bingo! And it is morphing into a full on religion and political system all rolled into one. Basic environmentalism does have legitimacy in keeping our world inhabitable. We are to be good stewards of the good Earth and that was a tenet of every major real religion. Pollution in all its various forms is a valid concern, but CO2 is now just a metaphor for everything environmentally that is wrong, including anomalous extreme weather events that are purely natural from time immemorial. And it gets worse if you want a cooler world. Nothing to do with CO2, unless it drops below 150 ppmv and then life is basically extinct in some future major glacial advance. That is the future of the planet, until Man came along and discovered fossil fuels, for now. And we can lose much of our our atmospheric CO2 fairly quickly in geological terms, just with a normal ice age advance as the oceans get colder and absorbs and sequesters it into future oil and gas, and limestone.

Brett Keane
Reply to  Chaamjamal
May 26, 2020 11:03 pm

Chaam, reading my 1992 copy of Maduro and Schauhammer’s “Unveiling the Holes in the Ozone Scare”, I found their accounts of the Corporate and ‘Old Wealth’ uptake of the new opportunities to join the UN gravy train fuelled to start with by the success of the Ozone Scam. Everything since including our Trolls, seems to be part of that exercise ine global conning, ‘A horse worth riding’. Having gotten away with one, why not……
A very prescient book, anyway, and full of scientific thought.
Brett Keane, NZ

May 26, 2020 9:28 pm

science in Australia has issues!

behind paywall:

Blokes can be women: scientists
The Australian – 17 hours ago
The Australian Academy of Science, whose president John Shine is seizing on COVID-19 to campaign for accurate science against “made-up stuff”, has quietly adopted a definition of a woman as “anyone who identifies as a woman”…. On Tuesday Chief Scientist Alan Finkel backed the academy, saying he supported “an inclusive culture within science”…

Reply to  pat
May 27, 2020 3:21 am

”science in Australia has issues!”
It’s disintegrating.

May 26, 2020 10:29 pm

It is troublesome that chief scientists appointed by left wing governments are left leaning and adhere to all the latest fads. It is far more troublesome when conservative governments appoint left leaning chief scientists when there are a vast number of good scientists, such as Peter Ridd, eminently better qualified who are overlooked. It feels like the white ants are winning and the house will soon be falling down.

Reply to  Lawrie
May 26, 2020 11:00 pm

There is little conservative politics in Australia any more Lawrie, certainly not the main parties. The two main parties are left of centre and socialist. And the Greens, and those Greens who have infiltrated the two main parties, they are communists.

Sadly it is apparent now that science no longer influences government policy, it’s rather that government bodies will only appoint scientists who support the agenda of government.

That’s why science is often referred to as ‘consensus science’. Real science is rarely practiced, there’s no money in it. At least where climate and it’s apparent need for ‘cure’ is concerned. A handful of scientists either fell for CAGW or simply sold out their integrity. And to seal the deal the MSM and journalists have gone through a leftist education system, where they are taught the leftist view of climate.

It’s not going to be easy.

David Stone
Reply to  Megs
May 27, 2020 12:39 am

What a combo, politicians, scientists, MSM so yes it won’t be easy.

A strategy that will prove to even the most hardcore Greenie won’t happen because when pushed enough conservative politicians know 100% renewables won’t work. It seems the only way for people to see the light is to give them what they want – good and hard and quick. 100% renewables, zero emissions, all fossil fuels stay in the ground, starting now. They’ll soon get sick of being naked, hungry, cold and living in a cave – if they live that long and definitely not the transition they were expecting.
Unfortunately the rebuild of our nation could well be done by China if we over-do our 100% renewable gambit. Corona-economics won’t kill us but we’ll be on life-support, maybe the subsidies to foreign wind and solar outfits will end, no dough. The tiny ray of hope is…. nope, can’t see any hope for Australia, we’re still on the road to Venezuela.

May 26, 2020 11:43 pm

It is amazing how many people buy the lies they are fed. I try to tell as many people as I can about AGW being an overstated hype, that the GBR is in great shape, but platitudes are so easy. My god people are stupid.

Phil Salmon
May 27, 2020 1:02 am

Today’s doom-environmentalism is a death-cult.
Looking at life they see only death.
It is the most likely source of the next global scale outbreak of dictatorial fascism equivalent to the Na3is of the 1930’s. These are dangerous times.

May 27, 2020 1:57 am

Doom sells and gets the grant money it , lack of doom does not.
And you can add to that the political element of the hard greens with their ‘return to Eden’ outlook.

Science has little to do with this and never really has, or rather good science , hence why the area sounds and acts like a religion complete with the idea of ‘heretics’

Reply to  knr
May 27, 2020 1:59 am

Yeah knr, ditto.

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