Film Premiere “A Coral Bleaching Tragedy” in Brisbane This Sunday

Essay by Eric Worrall

If you are in Brisbane this Sunday at 2pm Peter Ridd & Jennifer Marohasy will attend a premiere viewing of their new film “A Coral Bleaching Tragedy”.

Dear All,

It is now nine months since the High Court decision (Ridd v JCU) was handed down and I thought donors to that legal action might be interested in what has happened in the meantime. 
As you will recall, the HC ruled that JCU acted unlawfully in censuring me for my comments on the Quality Assurance of Great Barrier Reef (GBR) science, but was allowed to fire me for speaking about JCU’s unlawful behaviour. I have been working with Morgan Begg from the IPA on a new volume that will analyse the case in detail. Contributors include Chris Merritt, legal correspondent for The Australian, James Allan (Law Professor at the University of Queensland), and Aynsley Kellow (Emeritus Professor at U. Tasmania). The aim is to make sure as much as possible is learned and documented for future work to improve academic freedom of speech. 

This will draw a line under those legal proceedings. 

The issue of quality assurance of GBR science, which sparked the legal action, is never far from my mind, and I have been assisting Jennifer Marohasy in making a couple of high-quality films about the GBR. You have doubtless heard about the latest bad news of the bleaching on the Reef. Do you ever wonder if there might be more to the story? Jennifer will be releasing her new film shortly and there is a premier viewing on Sunday for those living in Brisbane. 24 July 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Newfarm Cinemas 701 Brunswick St.

(I will be there and would be delighted to meet if you can make it. It is nice to thank people in person.)
I have also been working (unpaid) with the IPA on a new program for young people called Reef Rebels (RR) where we are taking small groups to the reef and presenting a wide range of scientific evidence on its condition. Last week we finished the pilot tour of the reef. We visited two of the reefs that were supposedly “severely” bleached early this year. I will not say what the RR participants found as that will be the subject of a film and a lot of social media in the future. But you can probably guess. During the week, we showed the RR participants much of the evidence about the reef demonstrating that the outlook is extremely hopeful, and that there have been serious QA issues with the science. In order to give balance, the participants also spent some time with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to get the conventional wisdom about the Reef. 

We will be using video of the tour to make social media designed for the younger generation. I think it will give them more hope for the future of the reef. So many of them are now convinced the reef is doomed. This is, in my view, a disgrace bordering on child abuse. I still have faith that the naturally rebellious spirit of youth will eventually see them questioning if the Reef is really doomed. We just need to get some facts to them.

One piece of data that gave the RR participants hope is the coral cover statistics which for 2021 show, at the minimum, record equaling coral on the GBR. This despite supposedly three or four devastating mass bleaching events since 2016. How can there be such good coral if those events were truly so serious. If we could get that single fact to every school child in Australia, it would make them wonder what is going on. 

That is the aim of Reef Rebels.

Thanks again for your assistance.

Kind Regards



From Jennifer Marohasy;

Dr Jennifer Marohasy and Dr Peter Ridd launch two documentaries showing the true state of the GBR

About this event


The Australian Institute for Progress and the Institute for Public Affairs is hosting a world first premiere of “A Coral Bleaching Tragedy” as well as its prequel “The Measure of the Great Barrier Reef” to be followed by a Q & A with the films’ director and narrator Jennifer Marohasy, and scientific consultant Peter Ridd.


The Great Barrier Reef has experienced a lot of threats over its 600,000 years of off-and-on inhabitation of the East Coast of Australia, perhaps none more egregious than the threat by UNESCO to list it as endangered.

These movies show the true state of the reef now, while providing some historical perspective. Has the GBR been damaged by bleaching? Absolutely. How badly, and is this outside normal parameters? 

Federal and state governments have spent billions “saving” the reef, while reef scientists like Professor Terry Hughes claim that while the reef might not really be in danger, an endagered listing would be a good way of putting pressure on the federal government to do more about climate change.

Ironies, misinformation and naked ambition all coalesce around this iconic natural adornment of Queensland, and this is a good chance to explore them and what the real state of the reef is with people who really know and care.

This is an event you won’t want to miss! Seeing is believing.

Source: Eventbrite

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

If you attend, please submit a story and let us know about your experience watching the film and meeting Jennifer and Peter.

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July 18, 2022 6:49 pm

They never quit with the big lie. Even though educated people know that coral reefs have “seasons” and always have, the ignorant still believe the end is near
teaching science is worthless compared to teaching common scenes
and that is only learned by living through hard times

July 18, 2022 7:11 pm

one point missed even here is that the reef as viewed now is all post-Holocene in age. That the sea was 120M lower just 12,000 years ago indicates that where we sail and swim was the playground of the indigenous people replete with camps and sea shore.

That’s how recent it is and more to the point the Holocene was likely warmer both in air and sea temperature.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
July 18, 2022 11:21 pm

All life on earth has survived all extinction events

(but I get your point)

Dave Fair
Reply to  Redge
July 19, 2022 6:13 pm

Most didn’t.

Reply to  bill
July 18, 2022 7:57 pm

Recently I read that during the last Ice Age the now Gulf of Carpentaria in Northern Australia was part of a lake with shores where now Papua New Guinea and Torres Strait Islands are located. And that many tribes from surrounding areas camped there in slightly warmer conditions than further south.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  bill
July 19, 2022 3:00 am

I don’t wish to seem picky, but are we not still living in the Holocene Inter-Glacial!!!

Here in balmy UK the meedja are going bonkers mental on Climate Change because we have a heat wave!!! Nothing like good old fashioned ramping up of scary stories, just because the Prince of Fools has made a pronouncement that he predicted the heatwave, the fact that the Earth has been warmer than today many times in the past!!!

Bill Rocks
July 18, 2022 7:24 pm

Best wishes for a fine premiere. Perhaps those of us separated by ocean will see an excerpt after the event.

July 18, 2022 7:47 pm

Thanks as always for your relentless pursuit of truth at such significant personal cost, time and effort Jennifer and Peter.

A suggestion –
also project to your young audiences film clips of the 1953 nuclear bomb tests totally obliterating the Bikini Atoll lagoon coral reefs, followed by footage of what those original reefs look like now, just 70 years later.

Self-resurrection, just as nature always does.

Sporadic bleaching – meh . . .

Reply to  Mr.
July 19, 2022 9:06 pm

Isn’t climate change equal to thousands (or more) of atomic bomb blasts?

J. R.
July 18, 2022 10:57 pm

I hope the premiere is a huge success. I also hope you’ve arranged for security. This is a bright target for eco-thugs to come in hordes to try to stop by whatever means they can manage.

July 19, 2022 12:50 am

I do hope you will be able to post these movies on YouTube or one of the other video sites so we can all watch them. Best of luck for a great success!

July 19, 2022 1:13 am

The AIP and the IPA?, no vested interests there, no conflict of interest, no paid for opinions. and definitely none of those juicy coal dollars in the mitt. No no, you’ll see none of those things.

Ed Zuiderwijk
Reply to  Loydo
July 19, 2022 1:47 am

What we do see is dirty rotten scoundrels.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  Loydo
July 19, 2022 2:15 am

Facts don’t have “interests” Loydo

People do

Funny how that works

Reply to  Loydo
July 19, 2022 6:37 am

So lemme see –
corals in shallow water get bleached, so maybe if the sea levels can rise a couple of metres, bleaching will stop.

Bring on that sea level rise.
Save the corals!

Matt Dalby
July 19, 2022 1:44 am

Large scale coral bleaching has always happened, and will happen again in the future. Next time there’s a major bleaching event someone needs to install a time lapse camera to capture an image of the reef every day for 1 or 2 years to show how quickly it recovers.
If this has already been done and the pictures are available to the public could someone please provide a link.

Mark Austin
Reply to  Matt Dalby
July 19, 2022 7:51 pm

There is no bleaching… Clorox is a modern invention

Pat from kerbob
July 19, 2022 1:54 am

Wish I could attend.
On another note, I happen to be in London this week for the end of the world, part eleventy seven.

It’s uncomfortable but I still haven’t seen anyone collapsed in the street

Lots of people sunning themselves in St James park, apparently unaware they are supposed to be scared.

One told me they normally have to vacation in Spain to get some decent heat.

So there

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Pat from kerbob
July 19, 2022 5:10 am

“On another note, I happen to be in London this week for the end of the world, part eleventy seven.It’s uncomfortable but I still haven’t seen anyone collapsed in the street”

Are there lots of cars on the side of the road with overheating radiators? I hear that’s what happened the last time London got over 90F.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  Tom Abbott
July 19, 2022 6:06 am

Haven’t noticed many stalls

They are limiting the Tube, all lines slowed, some stopped

Seems no reason other than maybe cheap crap I guess

Tomorrow will be below average temps so just weather.

From what I read here the other day regarding the 1976 heatwave, this is nothing.

Our air bnb does not have A/c, just fans, sleep fine same as at home

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Pat from kerbob
July 19, 2022 10:03 am

I saw a news blurb just a few minutes ago about the warmth in Britain, and the reporter was claiming the airport runway was melting.

The poor kids. They think this climate change hyperbole is real. They put their trust in fools like that reporter.

Pat from kerbob
July 19, 2022 2:31 am

With the heat wave here in London I was really hoping to see some extinction rebellion types acting out some pantomime

None yet

Reply to  Pat from kerbob
July 19, 2022 6:32 am

They’ve gone extinct because of the warm weather?

Now there’s a solution.

July 19, 2022 6:43 am

Is Nick going?

Mark Austin
July 19, 2022 7:40 pm

Patrick Moore founder of Greenpeace exposed this hoax you can watch his YouTube videos explaining the phenomenon

July 19, 2022 9:03 pm

Sea level has reportedly risen more than 100 meters since the end of the last glacial maximum. As far as everything I’ve read goes, the BGR is composed of corals that live near the sea surface and depend on photosynthesis to a major extent. That would seem to mean that while the GBR may have genetic links to those corals of 600,000 years ago, there must have been really major changes of where the reef was over that time period, no?

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