Does the principle of academic freedom protect Australian academics who engage in pointed public criticism of their academic colleagues, and university governance? A case in the High Court this week provides a rare opportunity to consider academic … [Read more...] about The Idea of Academic Freedom, Explained by Stone and Forrest*
The Injustice of Blowing-Up Turtles, for Convenience
It is World Ocean Day, an opportunity to learn more about the Great Barrier Reef and also artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico.It is an injustice that turtles are blown-up in the Gulf of Mexico because American oil companies choose a … [Read more...] about The Injustice of Blowing-Up Turtles, for Convenience
Peter Ridd Has Won – Because of You
PETER Ridd was a professor at James Cook University who dared to question claims that the Great Barrier Reef is facing imminent catastrophe from climate change – eventually being sacked for not backing down.With your support he has insisted: … [Read more...] about Peter Ridd Has Won – Because of You
Day 3. Peter Ridd versus the University and State-sponsored Media Stuck in Denial
PETER Ridd’s trial in the Brisbane Federal Circuit Court has just wrapped-up after three days. With Judge Salvadore Vasta presiding, Stuart Wood QC acting for Peter Ridd (the applicant) argued the case with great skill. However, on the most … [Read more...] about Day 3. Peter Ridd versus the University and State-sponsored Media Stuck in Denial
What Would a Physicist Know About The Great Barrier Reef?
THE Australian Broadcasting Corporation – the most significant source of news and current affairs for Australia – is not reporting on Peter Ridd’s trial in the Federal Circuit Court in Brisbane. A key point made by Dr Ridd this morning is that … [Read more...] about What Would a Physicist Know About The Great Barrier Reef?
Fake Photographs at Heart of Peter Ridd’s Sacking
EARLY last year a professor of physics at James Cook University was sacked – after a successful career spanning some forty years. Peter Ridd had won many university awards, including the inaugural ‘Supervisor of the Year’, presumably nominated by one … [Read more...] about Fake Photographs at Heart of Peter Ridd’s Sacking