James Cook University and Bob Carter

A statement by James Cook University after they dismissed Emeritus Professor Bob Carter.

JCU believes debate lies at the heart of scientific endeavour and its Code of Conduct states that those involved with the University have the right to make public comment in a professional, expert or individual capacity, provided that they do not represent their opinions as those of the University unless authorised to do so. Dr Carter’s very prominent public contributions to the climate change debate is not something new. He has been promulgating his views, which of course he was entitled to do, for many years while holding an adjunct appointment. But what has changed over the years is the level of his contribution to the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences where he held his adjunct appointment. Academics holding adjunct appointments are expected to contribute on a regular and ongoing basis to one or more of the following University activities: •Teaching;
•Collaborative research;
•Postgraduate supervision; and
•Staff and student consultations.
The key question for an adjunct appointment is: “Proposed activities and Perceived Benefits to the School”. While Dr Carter has continued his own research and gives “public talks and advice about climate change and climate change policy” – again as he is perfectly entitled to do – such outreach activities are not related to the work of the School, and do not meet the need to contribute to the School as outlined above. The simple fact was that in the School’s view Dr Carter was no longer undertaking any of the activities within the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences that is required of an adjunct.

That statement turned up in a report on Bob Carter in a site dedicated to unmasking climate skeptics. It is generally well researched and I turned to it for a cv of Viv Forbes.

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19 Responses to James Cook University and Bob Carter

  1. The question is whether the ‘school’ was allowing Dr Carter to teach alternative views as an adjunct professor, or was he directed to follow the sheeple.

  2. duncanm

    The simple fact was that in the School’s view Dr Carter was no longer undertaking any of the activities within the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences that is required of an adjunct.

    So dismiss him from that role for that reason… not all the other bullshit they came up with.

  3. cohenite

    •Teaching;
    •Collaborative research;
    •Postgraduate supervision; and
    •Staff and student consultations.

    Bob Carter was willing to do all of these but was prevented by the alarmists’ domination of the relevant science faculties. Like Murray Salby Bob Carter was prevented from participating because he was a sceptic, as all scientists should be and was then blamed for not participating: a classic bureaucratic catch 22 ploy.

    JCU is a disgrace. It has had 2 of the best hands on scientists Australia has produced in Carter and Ridd and it has pursued propaganda instead of utilising their skills.

  4. New Chum

    In late 2016 Malcolm Roberts bought Dr Tim Ball to Australia to give lectures about the scam called climate change, he was accompanied by Tony Heller who has the blog http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/
    Dr Tim Ball also gave a lecture to the Australian Environment Foundation. To view the lecture Google australian environment foundation dr tim ball

  5. Chris M

    Terrific news!

    What sort of anti-science hack university is this place? I’ve not really heard of it, assuming quite small. Do their degrees carry any merit?

  6. Chris M

    Sorry, ref Peter Ridd judgement.

  7. What sort of anti-science hack university is this place?

    It’s basically a ‘university’ focused on Great Barrier Reef alarmist and a sponge for government grants. I’ve never heard of it providing anything else.

  8. C. Paul Barreira

    End federal funding of JCU, immediately. If it wishes to live in a swamp then let the swamp pay the bills.

  9. stackja

    Uni professor sacked for questioning global warming has been vindicated
    2 HOURS AGO
    ALAN JONES JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY PETER RIDD

    A university professor who was sacked for questioning global warming’s impact on the Great Barrier Reef has been vindicated by the Federal Court.

    Judge Salvatore Vasta ruled James Cook University acted unlawfully when it sacked Professor Peter Ridd in 2017.

    In his verdict, Judge Vasta found that all 17 findings used by the university to justify the sacking were unlawful.

    Alan Jones has been supporting the professor ever since, slamming the university for shutting down debate and free thinking.

    Professor Ridd says the judgement is welcome but tells Alan Jones his fight doesn’t appear to be over.

    “Even now the university isn’t accepting the decision.

    “The vice-chancellor’s issued an email to all staff saying the judge was wrong basically.

    “If the VC continues with the present form, I don’t think it is over.”

    Click PLAY below to hear the full interview

  10. New Chum

    I should have included in my post above that the lecture by Dr Tim Ball to the Australian Environment Foundation was the Robert Carter Memorial Lecture.

  11. Alex

    @C. Paul Barreira: “End federal funding of JCU, immediately.”

    Sadly, it’s not just JCU. Look at how Macquarie U got rid of Murray Salby after he embarrassed the climate catastrophe crowd.

    https://mlsxmq.wixsite.com/salby-macquarie/page-1f

  12. New Chum

    Jennifer Marohasy has been helping Peter Ridd with this court case her website is
    http://jennifermarohasy.com/ Jennifer has posted
    https://jennifermarohasy.com/2019/04/peter-ridd-has-won-because-of-you/
    this is the court decision
    https://platogbr.wordpress.com/the-final-court-decision/

  13. Roger

    End federal funding of JCU, immediately. If it wishes to live in a swamp then let the swamp pay the bills.

    And rescind their rights to the name.

  14. John A

    I am still reading, and relishing, the judgement.

    Is it not interesting that the University quotes its Code of Conduct motherhood statement:

    JCU believes debate lies at the heart of scientific endeavour and its Code of Conduct states that those involved with the University have the right to make public comment in a professional, expert or individual capacity, provided that they do not represent their opinions as those of the University unless authorised to do so.

    and then proceeds to trash it completely?

  15. Neenee

    If it wishes to live in a swamp then let the swamp pay the bills.

    Some swamp! More like beaches and bikinis, with study picnics to Horn Island, etc. From JCU website:

    Cairns Campus
    Over 4,000 students study at JCU Cairns, including about 380 international students.

    The campus location is spectacular – surrounded on three sides by rainforest-covered mountains. Located near the northern beaches in the suburb of Smithfield, the campus is 15 kilometres (9 miles) north of the city centre.

    JCU Cairns houses state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities in an attractive setting. Facilities include an impressive library and information technology building, health science and science laboratories, student refectory, café, licensed bar, gym, sporting oval and basketball court.

    With over two million visitors annually, Cairns is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia. Attractions include two World Heritage natural environments – the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the Wet Tropics ancient rainforests; nearby resort regions include Port Douglas and Mission Beach; the picturesque Atherton Tablelands and outback Queensland are within easy reach.

  16. Angus Black

    I read the judgement (all 79 pages) then the JCU response.

    I don’t know why, but the Black Knight scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail has been passing through my mind ever since.

    Can’t imagine why 🙂

  17. Angus Black:
    The JCU response should be worth a couple of extra million in damages.

    “Even now the university isn’t accepting the decision.
    “The vice-chancellor’s issued an email to all staff saying the judge was wrong basically.
    “If the VC continues with the present form, I don’t think it is over.”

    Sneering at the Judges decision before the Appeal?
    Smart move, VC.

  18. Old Lefty

    Carter’s ‘contributions … is not something new’? The aren’t even literate.

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