Update I: John Coochey in comments below.
I feel I can throw some light on this matter as I am undoubtedly the person who is alleged to have shown my gun licence to people at the dinner. That is not accurate. At the mediocre dinner on the first day I was approached by Dr Maxine Cooper, then the Commissioner for the environment, who recognized me as someone involved in the kangaroo culling program in the ACT which occurs each winter. After politely asking if she could sit next to me she asked me how I had gone in the recent licence test which is challenging. I told her I had topped it with a perfect score and showed her my current culling licence, not gun licence, to prove it. The conversation around the table then drifted around the benefits of eating game meat v the poor fare on offer.
Update II: Noodle emails through a report describing the events of that fateful weekend – see especially page 9 footnote 13).
It should be mentioned that two participants departed the process at the conclusion of day 1. One sceptic left because of the stress involved with dealing with the different perspectives and the way in which some participants initially interacted with those perspectives. Another, deep climate sceptic left the process without providing a reason, but apparently did so because of a perception that persons’ particular perspective was not getting enough of an airing as a minority view. Nevertheless, a number of climate sceptics remained to participate in the forum and, following a number of robust exchanges within particular sections of the group, a greater level of tolerance and reciprocal understanding of those perspectives was finally achieved.
No mention of death threats in that account.
Original Post: The ANU has released the ‘death threat’ emails – The Australian coverage is here. The emails themselves are in a zip-file from here. Let’s just remind ourselves how the ‘death threats’ were reported.
an incident in Australia earlier this month when university researchers were rushed to a secure location after receiving death threats.
Sounds very serious.
One of the ANU emails refers specifically to an incident relating to a gun licence. The email is dated June 2, 2010.
While not wanting to trivialise the incident there doesn’t seem to be any sense of urgency in that email. Also note the first sentence.
Looks like we’ve had our first serious threat of physical violence.
If Graham Readfern’s post on the timing of the events is correct
He said: “I and my Climate Change Institute staff were moved to more secure quarters around March/April 2010 because of concerns my staff had about the very open and accessible premises we had at that time. I had a duty of care to my staff to respond to these concerns. The move was taken in consultation with the Vice-Chancellor and with the ANU security office. This, of course, is well before the Jan-Jun 2011 period that the FOI request is concerned with.”
that ‘first serious threat’ occured after the ANU staff were moved.