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Bond University Dismisses Climate Change Sceptic

IT is common for Australian academics to publicly express an opinion on climate change including in our newspapers; think Tim Flannery, Ian Lowe and more recently Barry Brook.  

A couple of weeks ago Jon Jenkins, an Adjunct Professor at Bond University, had an opinion piece published by The Australian newspaper.  [1]

The piece was critical of the accepted dogma on anthropogenic global warming with a focus on how global temperatures are recorded and ended with a comment on sustainable development:

“Science is only about certainty and facts. The real question is in acknowledging the end of fossil fuels within the next 200 years or so: how do we spend our research time and dollars?

Do we spend it on ideologically green-inspired publicity campaigns such as emissions-trading schemes based on the fraud of the IPCC, or do we spend it on basic science that could lead us to energy self-sufficiency based on some combination of solar, geothermal, nuclear and renewable sources? The alternative is to go back to the stone age.”

Interestingly Bond University has a new name for its business and IT faculties, The Faculty of Business, Technology & Sustainable Development, but apparently didn’t like Professor Jenkins’ very public opinion on the subject of sustainable development.   For his opinion, Professor Jenkins received an official reprimand from the Bond University Registrar and then was informed last Friday that his adjunct status had been revoked.

No doubt he has contravened some rule or other at the University and no doubt this would have gone unnoticed if Professor Jenkins had a more popular opinion on these most politically charged subjects. 

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Update: January 30, 2009

The university has now clarified its position:

“Dr Jenkins was a member of staff here for some considerable time and resigned to enter the NSW Parliament. Dr Jenkins was asked to keep an association with University as an adjunct but indicated in 2008 that serious health problems would probably prevent him taking an active role. As a result Dr Jenkins was removed from the adjunct staff in 2008.

An administrative oversight resulted in Dr Jenkins not being informed of this change in status.”

That is, an administrative oversight resulted in Dr Jenkins not being informed of his change in status until after he published the controversial opinion piece in The Australian newspaper.

Perhaps if the piece had been more politically correct his name could have just been added back onto the list? 

I understand he has received an apology from the Vice Chancellor for the misunderstanding.  

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Notes and Link

1. The Warmaholics’ Fantasy.  The Australian January 6, 2009.
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24876451-7583,00.html

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121 Responses to “Bond University Dismisses Climate Change Sceptic”

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  1. Comment from: Ra


    Michael please stop eating Lambert’s lice. If you are going to pick it, don’t keep sticking it in you mouth.

    Within a few hundred square kilometres!!!

    Dickhead, who lives a “few 100 k’s from their work place.

    That’s the kind of exactness we’ve come to expect from this place.

    No, that’s the maliciousness you expect from Lambert at Deltoilet and his lice eaters

    Nevermind that Jenkins has freely given this information out in public himself…….oh, to be a wingnut!

    Oh Yea, where has Jenkins publicly disclosed this information and why would you think his residence would be pertinent to the discussion?

    You lice eating dickhead.

  2. Comment from: NT


    Ra,
    are you drunk or something?

  3. Comment from: Ra


    Quite sober, NT.

    I’m worried about Michael. He demonstrates a nasty habit of lice picking and heroine addiction. Please tell me you’re not a lice picker too?

  4. Comment from: Michael


    “Dickhead, who lives a “few 100 k’s from their work place.” – Ra

    You might be onto something there NT.

    Ra is struggling with the difference between an area (within 100 sq kms) and a distance (100 k’s from).

    Though we shouldn’t be surprised at this level of denseness here, so perhaps alcohol is not to blame.

  5. Comment from: Monte


    Michael
    Why did you 1/2 the area from what you first mentioned?
    Ra has a decent point about the lice “picking”.

    giving people street directions to someone’s home over the web is an enormous privacy issue. I can’t believe you are making excuses for that sort of thing.

  6. Comment from: sod


    Perhaps if the piece had been more politically correct his name could have just been added back onto the list?

    and that mere possibility is reason enough for you, to keep your headline claim?

    Bond University Dismisses Climate Change Sceptic

    he was NOT dismissed. he was not associated with Bond, when he wrote the piece.

    sorry jennifer, but this update sucks!

  7. Comment from: Ra


    An administrative oversight resulted in Dr Jenkins not being informed of this change in status.”

    That is, an administrative oversight resulted in Dr Jenkins not being informed of his change in status until after he published the controversial opinion piece in The Australian newspaper.

    Perhaps if the piece had been more politically correct his name could have just been added back onto the list?

    I understand he has received an apology from the Vice Chancellor for the misunderstanding.

    Sod, you vegetable, you missed this part.

    Sorry, “sod”, wrong again as usual.

  8. Comment from: Michael


    giving people street directions to someone’s home over the web is an enormous privacy issue. I can’t believe you are making excuses for that sort of thing.” – Monte

    Care to show where this happened?

    Oh, that’s right, it was all in your imagination.

  9. Comment from: Chris W


    Sorry … how was he ‘dismissed’ again ?

    Looks like they wanted him to stay on in some capacity but in the end he resigned his adjunct duties (?) due to ill health and as a result was taken off the adjunct list. Sure, maybe Bond didn’t tell him he was off the list through oversight … but how do you guys then conflate that into him being ‘dismissed’.

    It seems a simple agreement to no longer provide services for an entirely understandable reason has been spun into him being sacked/fired/boned/dumped/canned/axed etc for not toeing some purportedly PC pro-AGW line.

    Just pathetic.

  10. Comment from: Ra


    Chris W

    Care to show what happened: that Lambert basically told people where Jenkins lived?

    Are you sharing a needle with Michael?

  11. Comment from: Bernard J.


    Graeme Bird (aka Ra).

    By googling your name I was able to find that earlier last year you were “living up in Dobell approximately half the time”. I’d say that’s probably more precise than “northern NSW near the Queensland border”.

    And given that electoral rolls, ‘phone books, and sheer common sense could have as easily located a NSW politician, who also worked at Bond, to the NSW/Qld border, I reckon that you’re drawing a long bow indeed.

    Surely a much longer bow than would need to be drawn in wondering if you are also the ‘Monte’ character above…

    … as the same google search also returns a Professor Graeme Bird (who hastens to note that he is “NOT the same as the Graeme (M.) Bird who runs the blog site http://graemebird.wordpress.com“). Curiously, that website refers to a “Direct Simulation Monte Carlo Method”.

    Perhaps you might consider adding ‘Carlo’ to your gallery of sock-puppets.

    Cue rabid, frothing insult frenzy.

  12. Comment from: Chris W


    Ra,

    Forget that ludicrous side issue of yours. The truth of the matter is that Jon Jenkins was NEVER ‘dismissed’ by Bond.

    Again, it looks like Bond Uni merely accepted advice from Jenkins that he couldn’t continue in an adjunct position because of poor health and quite reasonably dropped him off the adjunct list. True to form, you toxic morons start blackguarding a fine University by spinning up some shite about him being fired because non-PC opinions !!!

    Sadly … Jenkins himself not only seems to have enabled the whole thing through Jen, but mutely stands by while his previous employer’s reputation is trashed and bucketed by you piss-weak ranters. Nice one Jon … just a bit too slimy for me though.

    Kinda rams home what a poisonous and useless lot you denialwits are !!

  13. Comment from: SJT


    Perhaps if the piece had been more politically correct his name could have just been added back onto the list?

    Jennifer,

    If he was not on the list he was not on the list. You don’t just ‘add’ a name back.

  14. Comment from: Ra


    I notice you’re still picking Lambert’s head lice.

  15. Comment from: Graeme Bird


    Look you idiot Bernhard. I am not RA. I suspect that RA is Joe Cambria but I do not know this. Cambria appears to have picked up some of my phraseology. This is why I suspected Ra was he. On the other hand it could be anyone. I have never claimed to live close to the NSW border under this or any other name. I have a house in Gosford and your above claim is true about last year. I still wish I lived there. But I needed the overtime to keep the house and couldn’t do the overtime and still live in the house. So it turned out that living out there became untenable.

  16. Comment from: JC


    Bird stop being so silly. I’m not trying to pretend I’m you and i’m not RA or Monte or anyone else, you delusional fool. Please stop throwing my name about because you want to get back at me.

    BernardJ, you moron, you started this nonsense by worrying about who said what rather than what they said then went into some cul de sac of stupidity by linking Monte Python or whatever to the NZ sheep lover.

    If RA thinks you’re a lice eater, it’s probably true judging from what i have been reading and noticing that you’re one of Lambert’s suckholes.

    Now the both of you twits…. Fuck off.

  17. Comment from: Chris W


    Concentrate Ra, let me see if I’ve got it right:

    Jenkins wasn’t dismissed, yet denialists claim he was.

    He actually resigned, yet denialists are oblivious to that fact.

    You waltz past, gibbering about head lice.

    Just another day on Planet Denialwit I’m afraid. Give it away Sun Cod … you’re on a loser.

  18. Comment from: Ra


    ChrisW

    Read the update. Again. And please stop picking Lambert lice.

    You’re the loser pal; disgusting example of one.

  19. Comment from: Graeme Bird


    Ra is not me. And may not be Cambria. And its quite likely the case that Cambria, being a CO2-bedwetter himself, is unlikely to be virulent enough about this issue to be RA. There is no shame in being RA in the first place. But he is not me. And he is definitely not likely to be the ageing and ailing scientist, Graeme A Bird, of longstanding fame. So how about you leave my old namesake alone. As far as I know he has not offered a public position on the global warming science fraud.

    But here is the thing. Its not just me who is disgusted by leftist lying on this matter of climate change. And by the refusal of people like Bernhard to argue his own case. So picking Lamberts head lice, while its a nasty sort of description, is a kind of understandable one. People can be pushed into resignation. After all resignation looks better on your resume then being sacked for some trumped up reason.

    Showing up and laying down links from somewhere else, without having the courage to put your own reasoning, in your own words, into the matter…… well thats somewhat akin to the picking of headlice. And since Lambert is no scientist and is known for being irrational, misleading, given to wild goose chases, and being an evidence-free-zone, its particularly annoying for Bernhard to be basing his various defamations on heresay from the Deltoid Dwarf.

    Really when all is said and done it is Jon Jenkins who will know what happened as the result of his excellent article. And we ought judge the issue, to some extent, by the degrees of separation from Jon and the person telling the story. Does Lambert KNOW Jon? Is Lambert talking to Jon?

    When Larry Summers (leftist economist by the way) was booted out at Harvard for telling the truth about women being the insurance policy and men being the crap shoot (not his way of putting it) then we had all the same story on the politically correct left. He wasn’t fired they said. He wasn’t fired as the result of the statement they said. When the institutional goons are down on your case obviously they are going to have plausible-deniability and will have a file of alleged wrong-doings. Given the potential for legal action in these highly regulated days that would be obvious.

  20. Comment from: Ra


    LOL The Deltoid dwarf? That’s funny.

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