A win for Peter Ridd and science. Two heroes!!

The story in the SMH.

The Federal Circuit Court has awarded Peter Ridd $1.2 million in damages and penalties after earlier finding James Cook University (JCU) acted unlawfully in sacking the physics professor.

Dr Ridd was sacked last year after he repeatedly questioned colleagues’ research on the impact of global warming on the Great Barrier Reef, criticising it as untrustworthy and “misleading”.

The court, which in April found his dismissal was unlawful, on Friday said Dr Ridd would now be seen as “damaged goods” and the university had “poisoned the well”.

Outlining his final declarations and penalties, Judge Salvatore Vasta also suggested the university’s conduct bordered on “paranoia and hysteria fuelled by systemic vindictiveness” and Dr Ridd must have felt he was being persecuted. He found Dr Ridd’s intellectual freedom had been undermined by the “myopic and unjustified actions of his lifelong employer”.

Actually it is only a symbolic victory for science but it is good to get any kind of win in this contest and it is a fitting reward for a man who was prepared to take a stand on principle. And thanks to his wife who backed him all the way.

From the ABC in April.

Professor Hoegh-Guldberg is very concerned that climate sceptics have seized on the courts’ decision in this fashion.

“Climate change is a major threat to places like the Great Barrier Reef and Australia in general,” he said.

Dr Brodie is not surprised that Dr Ridd’s supporters are using his case as evidence climate change is not a serious threat, but thinks most people — but particularly young people — now understand that isn’t true.

“They see it happening around them right now, it’s so obvious,” Dr Brodie said.

“The changes we’re seeing on the reef have happened much quicker than we predicted 15 years ago,” he said.

Dr Brodie says if anything, the predictions made by reef scientists underestimated how fast the reef would feel the brunt of climate change.

The word from Desmog, one of the lavishly funded “attack” blogs of alarmism.

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56 Responses to A win for Peter Ridd and science. Two heroes!!

  1. Percy Popinjay

    Sanctimonious lemon suckers and hysterical jowl wobblers across the country will be bleating incessantly in our beloved lamestream meeja about the monstrous wrongness of this decision.

    Well done, Doc Ridd.

  2. Percy Popinjay

    The damages of $1.2 million comprised of approximately $167,000 for past wages and superannuation lost, $835,000 for future wages and superannuation lost, $90,000 for general damages and $125,000 as pecuniary penalty.

    These monies should be recovered from the quackademic and bureaucratic numpties who presided over this witch hunt.

  3. notafan

    paranoia and hysteria fuelled by systemic vindictiveness

    They should be embarrassed.

  4. Sinclair Davidson

    Quoting the SMH? Really?

  5. I just wonder how widely the MSM will cover this and explain to the common man what this was all about so that they will understand what’s going on. I suspect that it won’t get a good airing and the usual culprits will do their best to still make Ridd out as the bad guy.

  6. Rafe

    I was surprised that the SMH reported it. But don’t worry i dont buy it!
    If the ABC reports it I might quote them.

  7. Dr Fred Lenin

    Well comrades we lost that one, bloody crooked extreme rightist judge,big oil bribed hin for sure . Thank Gaia we can pay it out of the funds the taxpayer mugs give us ,we will apply for more funding from the proles so we dont have to reduce our standards of luxury . Who is next onthat hit list Tarquin ?

  8. C.L.

    Thank God this case occurred in Queensland and not Victoria.
    We all know how that would have ended.
    Congratulations, Dr Ridd.

    What about costs, though?
    $1.2 million is not a lot of money after the lawyers are paid.

  9. C.L.

    From the report:

    Judge Vasta ordered a payment of $1.09 million in damages and compensation for lost wages and superannuation. Another $125,000 is to be paid to Dr Ridd as a penalty to “deter both this university and any other employer from dismissing an employee for exercising basic workplace rights”.

    The punitive component of the amount is chickenfeed. Should be five times that.

  10. Leigh Lowe

    What about costs, though?
    $1.2 million is not a lot of money after the lawyers are paid.

    That is just damages.
    Costs are separate.
    After the scathing attack on JCU from the bench it is likely they will have full costs awarded against them.

  11. David Brewer

    On Friday, the university reiterated its intent to appeal Judge Vasta’s decision.

    “The university has previously made clear its intention to appeal His Honour’s decision in this matter. As a litigant it is entitled to do so. The university’s position will be addressed in its appeal,” a spokesman said.

    The institution has maintained Dr Ridd was not sacked for expressing scientific views but rather his treatment of colleagues and breaches of confidentiality.

    JCU don’t get the idea of a university. They think it’s a bureaucracy where their employees have a duty to present a united front to government in pursuit of more grants-in-aid. Structurally, that is already the case. JCU will no doubt now change their enterprise agreements so that is becomes the case legally as well.

    In the long term the only solution is to de-fund these arms of the state. In the short-term the Education minister needs to step in and force universities to respect academic freedom, which certainly includes being able to call fellow academics’ work rubbish, and say whatever you like about orders given to you by university administrations.

  12. John A

    David Brewer #3149046, posted on September 6, 2019, at 5:03 pm

    The institution has maintained Dr Ridd was not sacked for expressing scientific views but rather his treatment of colleagues and breaches of confidentiality.

    JCU don’t get the idea of a university. They think it’s a bureaucracy where their employees have a duty to present a united front to government in pursuit of more grants-in-aid. Structurally, that is already the case. JCU will no doubt now change their enterprise agreements so that it becomes the case legally as well.

    And JCU do not get the comprehensive nature of their loss in this case: 17 points at issue and ALL 17 were decided in favour of Dr Ridd, including such things as questions of confidentiality (who leaked what and when) and treatment (aka bullying of the complainant).

  13. stackja

    Professor Sandra Harding AO Biography
    BSc (Hons) ANU, MPubAdmin UQ, PhD NCSU, Hon Doc JIU, FACE, FQA, FAICD, FAIM
    Prof Sandra Harding

    Professor Sandra Harding AO, took up her appointment as Vice Chancellor and President of James Cook University Australia in January 2007. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring clear and effective leadership and management of the University across all operating sites, including campuses in Cairns, Singapore and Townsville.

    Educated at the Australian National University, The University of Queensland and North Carolina State University (USA), Professor Harding has extensive academic and academic leadership experience. An economic sociologist by training, her areas of enduring academic interest include work, organisation and markets and how they work. She also has a keen interest in public policy in two key areas: education policy and related areas; and; the global Tropics, northern Australia and economic development. In addition, she has undertaken a wide variety of senior university-aligned roles as well as memberships/directorships of a variety of local, national and international Boards and Councils.

    Current roles include: Project Convener, State of the Tropics project; Commissioner, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR); Member, North Queensland Defence Advisory Board; Member, Performance Based Funding Expert Panel providing advice to the Minister for Education on the design of a performance-based funding scheme for the Commonwealth Grant Scheme; Member, Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation Board; Director, Australian American Education Leadership Foundation; Councillor, Queensland Futures Institute; Co-Vice Chair, the New Colombo Plan Reference Group; Council Member, the Australian Institute of Marine Science; Director, North Queensland Cowboys NRL club; Director of Townsville Enterprise and of Advance Cairns (regional economic development bodies); and; a Governor of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).

    Previous external roles include: Chair, Australian Bureau of Statistics Independent Assurance Panel on 2016 Census of Population and Housing data; Director, Regional Australia Institute; Member, National Research Infrastructure Roadmap Expert Working Group; Director, Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Board; Member, the Australia-China Council Board; Member, Trade, Tourism and Investment Policy Advisory Council; Member of the Australian Government’s Research Policy and Funding Working Group (assisting Dr Ian Watt AO); Member of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) Advisory Board; Member, Northern Australia Advisory Group (advising the Prime Minister); Chair, Universities Australia; Member, International Education and Training Advisory Council Queensland; Member, Australian Research Council (ARC) Advisory Board; Commissioner, Queensland Independent Commission of Audit (March 2012- February 2013); Australia’s representative on the University Grants Commission for the University of the South Pacific; Chair of the Australian Statistics Advisory Council; Member of the HIH Assessment Review Panel; Board member, Skills Queensland; Board member of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council; Chairman of Brisbane Marketing Pty Ltd; Director of the Australian Institute for Commercialisation; Director of the Global Foundation for Management Education Ltd (Montreal); Chair, Innovative Research Universities (an alliance of seven Australian universities: Charles Darwin, Griffith, La Trobe, Flinders, Murdoch, Newcastle and James Cook universities); Inaugural President of the Australian Business Deans Council; Vice-President of the Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance.

    In 2003, Professor Harding was recognised as North Carolina State University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences Distinguished Alumna for that year. In 2010, she received an Honorary Doctorate for services to education from Japan’s Josai International University and in 2012, she was recognized as an Honorary Fellow of the Australian College of Educators (ACE) and was named the ACE 2012 Queensland Medallist “… in recognition of her leadership of education in the tropics that has seen a new academic emphasis on life and the people of the tropics.”

    In January 2019, Professor Harding was appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day 2019 honours list for her distinguished service to education at the national and international level, and to the community of Queensland.

    Professor Harding is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian College of Educators, Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

  14. Iampeter

    Someone being awarded a million dollars in a farcical, leftist “unfair dismissal” claim, is not a win for science.
    It’s a win for leftism.

    This should not be getting cheered at what is meant to be a right wing political blog.

    I can’t believe this needs to be pointed out…

  15. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Iampeter
    #3149054, posted on September 6, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Someone being awarded a million dollars in a farcical, leftist “unfair dismissal” claim, is not a win for science.
    It’s a win for leftism.

    Everything you have just said is completely incorrect.

  16. Dr Fred Lenin

    Any appeal should be financed by the faculty members who initiated this persecution , they can mmortgage their hones and place their assets. In the fighting fund ,the taxpayyer should j not contribute a cent .

  17. JC

    What also needs to be pointed out, “Perter” is that we currently live in a leftwing country based on leftwing rules and regulations with the labor market being a good example. Kidd had an employment contract, which according to the court, he did not break by speaking out. In fact the university did. The term, “employee at will” does not exist in Australia and therefore Kidd was perfectly within his rights to sue the university for breach of the employment contract. He won.

    You continue to show signs of being mentally unwell. Perter, Seek help.

  18. Rex Mango

    ABC’s Media Watch will be all over this Monday night. PS the CV of Prof Harding above encapsulates all that is wrong with modern academia in one document.

  19. Tel

    Kidd had an employment contract, which according to the court, he did not break by speaking out. In fact the university did.

    Don’t confuse him by bringing up the topic of agreements, he hasn’t got to that part while skim reading the objectivist blogs.

  20. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Rex Mango
    #3149065, posted on September 6, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    ABC’s Media Watch will be all over this Monday night. PS the CV of Prof Harding above encapsulates all that is wrong with modern academia in one document.

    Precisely.

    She truly is a useless eater.

  21. Rafe Champion

    She is a professional committee member not an academic leafer. Look at the papers with her name on them.

  22. Roger

    They see it happening around them right now, it’s so obvious,” Dr Brodie said.

    I don’t think the hysterical reactions of teenagers to weather events count as empirical data, Dr. Brodie.

  23. Lee

    Iampeter
    #3149054, posted on September 6, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Someone being awarded a million dollars in a farcical, leftist “unfair dismissal” claim, is not a win for science.
    It’s a win for leftism.

    Everything you have just said is completely incorrect.

    Ditto.

    Ridd was sacked because he did not toe the Uni’s left wing line on the GBR.

    I have yet to read one leftist who supported Ridd against JCU.

    Yet you continually argue that black is white, Peter.

  24. Squirrel

    The online report of the Federal Court decision from Our ABC includes none of the juicy quotes from Justice Vasta –

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-06/jcu-ordered-to-pay-1.2m-compensation-peter-ridd/11487086

    How surprising – I suppose the ABC didn’t have time to look through the decision due to “vicious” cuts to its budget…… (but would have found time and space to quote the judgment at length had it gone the other way)

  25. Rex Mango

    Seems Prof Sandra is currently on the North Queensland Defence Advisory Board, perhaps providing expert advice on how best to utilise French designed Australian built nuclear come diesel retrofitted submarines in tropical littoral zone operations circa 2050.

  26. Entropy

    I am worried Vasta told JCU what he really, really thinks so hard it will help the inevitable appeal with our taxes.

  27. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Seems Prof Sandra is currently on the North Queensland Defence Advisory Board

    This is a joke, no?

  28. Siltstone

    Thanks Stackja, that is the weakest and most useless CV I
    have ever seen!

  29. Rex Mango

    The Palaszczuk Government established the board, along with a South Queensland board and an overarching Ministerial Defence Council, to enhance the government’s understanding of local-to-global defence industry needs, opportunities and challenges.

    These initiatives will also assist to drive delivery of the government’s Queensland Defence Industries 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan.

    Chair of the North Queensland Defence Advisory Board, Ms Ranee Crosby, said North Queensland has many benefits that provide an incredibly competitive edge in building defence capacity.

    “North Queensland has several strategic advantages such as its world-class sea and air ports, proximity to growing global markets such as the Asia-Pacific, and well-established defence assets and facilities such as the Lavarack Barracks, RAAF Base Scherger, HMAS Cairns, and training areas including Rockhampton’s Shoalwater Bay,” Ms Crosby said.

    “The region has a strong base of skill and growing interest in the defence industry which provides opportunity to access some of the Federal Government’s almost $200 billion defence investment spend over the next 10 years, with some priorities capable of being serviced and sustained by businesses in North Queensland.”

    Queensland Chief Strategic Defence Advisor and member of the Queensland Minister’s Advisory Council on Defence Industry and Jobs, Lt. Gen Peter Leahy (ret’d), said North Queensland was primed to be a defence industry powerhouse.

    “The north’s capability to supply to Defence is immense, both in terms of what exists now and the potential for new businesses to enter those supply chains,” Lt. Gen Leahy said.

    “I have no doubt that defence industries will be an important pillar of the north’s future economy, and I look forward to working with the community here to make that a reality.”

    Find the Queensland Defence Industries 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan here: https://www.dsdmip.qld.gov.au/resources/plan/defence-industries/defence-industries-roadmap.pdf

  30. Rex Mango

    That is called a defence word salad.

  31. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Queensland Chief Strategic Defence Advisor and member of the Queensland Minister’s Advisory Council on Defence Industry and Jobs, Lt. Gen Peter Leahy (ret’d), said North Queensland was primed to be a defence industry powerhouse.

    Pigs voting for slops.

  32. C.L.

    I’m guessing “economic sociologist” is a euphemism for a Marxist, right?

  33. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    …but of course. Minor correction: a bourgeoisie Marxist.

  34. Old Lefty

    Remember that not a cent of the damages will come from the jumped-up tyrannical fools who went after Ridd. It will, regrettably, all come form the taxpayer.

    And as for the bizarre ‘no satire’ rule, some uf us can remember in better days the annual university Revue in which the university bigwigs, from the VC down, would sit there and laugh at being sent up. Mind you, the humour in those days was gentler and much witter than the toilet variety on the ABC these days. I am told by an eyewitness that the ANU revue in 1963 did a nice one on ‘Professor Cunning Lark’ – sending him up these days is the closest thing we have to blasphemy.

    And where are the lefties who screamed after the Pell cases that we must never criticise the courts?

  35. Delcon

    On a related issue, our ABC just interviewed in ABC News Radio Professor Hilary Bambrick about future prediction to the warming. The lovely professor talked about weather events, past warming and future predicted warming. That was more or less the entire interview. Googling her name, the dear professor is no less than Head of School. Problem is, the school she heads is Public Health and Social Work. In other words, nothing to do with climate science.

  36. Deplorable

    According to reports the Marxist extinction rebellion could only drum up around 300 agitators for their Melbourne disruption. Perhaps they were frightened of being dusted up by a few thousand footy fans who don’t take kindly to alarmists.

  37. “paranoia and hysteria fuelled by systemic vindictiveness”

    What a perfect descriptor of the contemporary left.

  38. David Brewer

    JCU’s annual report showed that Professor Harding’s total remuneration jumped $79,000 to $927,000 last year.

    That was in 2014. Must be over a million now. Would it be too much to ask that the Vice-Chancellor treat her post as a full-time job instead of filling her days with the below?

    Current roles include: Project Convener, State of the Tropics project; Commissioner, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR); Member, North Queensland Defence Advisory Board; Member, Performance Based Funding Expert Panel providing advice to the Minister for Education on the design of a performance-based funding scheme for the Commonwealth Grant Scheme; Member, Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation Board; Director, Australian American Education Leadership Foundation; Councillor, Queensland Futures Institute; Co-Vice Chair, the New Colombo Plan Reference Group; Council Member, the Australian Institute of Marine Science; Director, North Queensland Cowboys NRL club; Director of Townsville Enterprise and of Advance Cairns (regional economic development bodies); and; a Governor of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).

  39. Old Lefty

    Ah yes, the ABC’s vicious budget cuts which curtail it’s reporting. Hence its failure to report on Jon Stevens iron the conviction of Frank Valentine of NSW SOCS-‘too busy’.

  40. Mark M

    “The changes we’re seeing on the reef have happened much quicker than we predicted 15 years ago,” he said.”

    The ‘science’ was wrong 15 years ago (otherwise they would have predicted quickening changes), so, they double down with the same failed science to say it’s worse.

    It’s worse than we first thought.

  41. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    the New Colombo Plan Reference Group;
    Director of Townsville Enterprise and of Advance Cairns (regional economic development bodies);
    and; a Governor of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).

    She has a “degree” in Marxist economics.

    She is completely unqualified. Nay, she is anti-qualified.

    Appalling. Would we tolerate a white supremacist on a human rights committee?!

  42. bollux

    “And in her spare time she sucks on the taxpayers tit”.

  43. Up The Workers!

    Good onya, Judge Vasta – the Federal Court Bench’s resident sensible, conservative leper amidst a whole colony of A.L.P. “little maaate” virulent Leftards.

  44. egg_

    “The changes we’re seeing on the reef have happened much quicker than we predicted 15 years ago,” he said.”

    Didn’t we pay half a Billion to fix that?
    /Sarc

  45. egg_

    H B Bear
    #2835029, posted on October 9, 2018 at 9:17 am
    Oh noes, The Little Reef that Could is doomed.

    Again.

  46. Kneel

    I can’t believe this needs to be pointed out…

    Think a little bit first, if you can.

    Publicly funded research that directly affects policy, taxes and expenditure should always be run over by someone aggressively against the “result” of the research – this is basic due diligence for spending public funds. If it’s rock solid, no problem. If you left out stuff you really should have included – caveats, exceptions etc – the researcher should re-do the paper to include what’s missing at their own expense. No additional funds – you quoted and didn’t deliver as defined, it’s up to you to “fix” it at no further charge, same as anything else.
    Anyone who draws attention to errors, lapses, omissions etc in such research should be praised, not pilaried – this is true regardless of the subject or the “result”. In this case, if anything, it is doubly so – businesses are closing, people are losing jobs, people are paying extra taxes on the basis that this will “help” the GBR. If the GBR doesn’t need help, this is significant information and needs to be checked and rechecked, not just assumed to be correct!

    I can’t believe that I need to point out such basic due diligence requirements to you…

  47. None

    Anyway it’s a hollow victory because as we can see the university will probably appeal and drag this out forever. In the meantime Peter Ridd doesn’t get his job back which I think is what he ultimately wanted and is consistently maligned because the university has refused to remove certain inflammatory and defamatory articles and has made it next to impossible for him to get another job. This means that cut off from academic circles and so his knowledge, expertise, research skills atrophy and no one benefits from them. JCU executives have proven themselves 2B malicious incompetent. Of course our gutless government won’t kill funding and their board won’t kill off their useless VC’s and apparatchiks. Frankly ID happily contribute to another fighting fund to just shut the whole fucking University down.

  48. Rafe Champion

    Relax None, Peter was just about ready to retire and he was quite relaxed about doing so, he took the stand partly because his wife encouraged him, hence the reference to two heroes!

  49. LBLOveday

    “most people — but particularly young people — now understand …”.

    That would be because young people, in general, have not been taught to think.

  50. None

    Thanks for the clarification, Rafe. He was about ready to retire they would not have awarded him damages and compensated him for lost income.

  51. None

    In any case a big hoorah for Mrs Ridd how dare these fuckwits at JC insist that her husband not speak to her.

  52. Zatara

    The Palaszczuk Government established the board, along with a South Queensland board and an overarching Ministerial Defence Council, to enhance the government’s understanding of local-to-global defence industry needs, opportunities and challenges.

    No, the board was created to be yet another leftist organization that must be appeased while they water down anything remotely related to the defense of the nation. Anyone in doubt of that need only look at its composition.

  53. Iampeter

    Relax None, Peter was just about ready to retire and he was quite relaxed about doing so, he took the stand partly because his wife encouraged him, hence the reference to two heroes!

    So, let me get this straight.
    In my opinion, a disgruntled employee, so disgruntled that they would publicly attack their employer, yet not so disgruntled that they would voluntary leave and stop taking said employers money in what would be an actually brave stand and so had to be forced out, is taking “a stand” according to you?
    This “stand” consists of suing his employer using HRC-like laws, in my opinion out of vindictiveness for his firing and succeeding, which if you knew anything about politics or what’s going on, you would realize constitutes an actual violation of academic freedoms, free speech, property rights, freedom of association and so on…

    I mean, it shouldn’t need to be explained to someone who has spent as long as you reading and writing about politics that when the state gets to dictate who universities can or can’t fire we might be in a bit of trouble…

    You think this is some form of “heroic stand?”

    So let me throw back at you one of your own inane and out of place responses to me, from a previous exchange, here where it will actually be appropriate to do so and in it’s actual proper context:
    Think of the HRC, Rafe.

  54. Zatara

    “…. when the state left gets to dictate who universities can or can’t fire we might be are in a bit of trouble.”

    FIFY

  55. Iampeter

    No you haven’t fixed anything.
    It doesn’t matter what reasons you have, if you think businesses can’t fire people then you are on the left wing side of politics and you oppose free speech, property rights, etc, etc.

  56. mh

    Peter Ridd was on with Alan Jones this morning.

    Podcast should be up later.

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