Peter Ridd Legal Action Fund

We must fight again,  and will need about $1.5M AUD to take this as far as the High Court if necessary.

Last year I was fired by James Cook University after saying that Great Barrier Reef science institutions were untrustworthy due to their systemic lack of quality assurance processes. This was after a distinguished career of over 30 years working on the Great Barrier Reef and at the university.

With remarkable public support in this GoFundMe campaign, we raised legal funds to challenge the university and the Judge ruled that JCU had acted unlawfully on 28 counts and ruled that JCU should pay compensation of $1.2 million.

But now JCU has filed papers in court to appeal.

There are many important points of principle that we must fight for:

  • An academic should be able to make challenging statements about controversial subjects such as the Great Barrier Reef or climate change.
  • A university should never stifle debate.
  • The university should not silence a local scientist whose work shows that the farmers of North Queensland Australia are not destroying the Great Barrier Reef.  JCU has let down its local region.
  • Universities must start to reflect a greater diversity of views.

On hearing that JCU was appealing, Cheryl and I seriously considered just walking away. After all, why should I ask donors for $1.5M to fight a pointless battle that the State or Federal education ministers could settle with a phone call to JCU. $1.5M is a crazy amount that could be used for much better things.

JCU will use its infinite financial resources – effectively government money – to appeal. They have hired three or four senior barristers, one of which we are told charges over $20K per day and between them must be over $40K per day.

Last week JCU also stayed the judgement and capped my access to the compensation  for legal fees.

So I must very regretfully ask again for help. We need the best legal assistance to ensure a win. My fabulous legal team led by Stuart Wood AM QC has greatly discounted their costs so far. But appeals are horribly expensive and we need to be prepared to ultimately go to the High Court.

Your donation, great or small, will not just help me fund this essential battle, it will also send a powerful message to governments about what the public expect of our universities. It might well take a couple of months to reach the target.

It is a crazy world that we have to spend this much for legal costs, but this is a fight that we have to win because of the principles it represents.

I have little doubt that we will win.

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48 Responses to Peter Ridd Legal Action Fund

  1. Mak Siccar

    Peter. You have lots of moral and financial support here and I, and probably many other Cats, wish you every success in this very important battle.

  2. I_am_not_a_robot

    Currently $534,690.

  3. Iampeter

    Wow, all the leftists are out in force at the Cat today, pushing this or that agenda that you’d expect from union-member, labor voters.

    More funds are needed to force employers to employee people they don’t want to.

    It is a crazy world that we have to spend this much for legal costs, but this is a fight that we have to win because of the principles it represents.

    Yea! It should not be legal to fire people!

  4. stackja

    $535,315 raised of $1,760,000 goal

  5. C.L.

    Will support and will encourage others to do the same.

  6. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    It’s also civilly illegal to breach a contract, you fucking deadshit.

  7. stackja

    I got this message:

    Thank you for your donation to Peter Ridd Legal Action Fund

  8. Chris M

    I went to contribute but found he’s using “Gofundme” so can’t. This fraud crooked leftist organisation returned the money I sent to Israel Foloau for no reason. And it galls me that this evil thug orgaisation takes a fat cut off the top just for running a website.

  9. None

    Peter I think your wife should also bring a civil case against the university or the individuals in the university who risked her marriage by demanding that you not tell her anything. To deliberately sow such discord and distrust against one own’s spouse is beyond malicious.

  10. None

    Chris I’m the same. I suggest writing to Peter either directly or maybe care of the IPA and asking how you can donate directly. I think he’s using a lawyers trust account so you should be able to do a bank transfer straight to it.

  11. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Chris M
    #3166195, posted on September 24, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    I went to contribute but found he’s using “Gofundme” so can’t.

    You have a choice. Take a shit without toilet paper or watch another man get fucked in the arse.

  12. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    FRANK WALKER HAS DONATED.

    NOW I’M GOING TO MORALLY STAND OVER YOU UNTIL YOU DO AS WELL!

  13. None

    So the guy who argued for Pell in his appeal is also the guy who’s going to argue *against* Peter Ridd. That guy owes me.

  14. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    UNCLE FRANK IS NOT HAPPY WITH LITTLE BRET!

  15. Empire 5:5

    You have a choice. Take a shit without toilet paper or watch another man get fucked in the arse.

    Gold, Frank.
    Stolen.

  16. Empire 5:5

    Great comment above by petagottouchedbyhisuncle.

    Careful as he’s been to conceal (like any mildly talented troll) he’s finally let slip.

    Thanks for the confirmation of high fakeness, peta. The future is miserable for you, but you already knew that.

  17. Empire 5:5

    I’m freely associating with Mr Ridd by donating some of my freely earned (net) income to support his courageous defence of the truth.

    It’s a very simple concept. If he loses, I lose. It’s called self interest.

  18. JMH

    Donated. Again!

    JCU need to be de-registered. It is NOT a learning centre.

  19. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    I gave up buying a new Ireland RU jersey during the rugby world cup to donate.

    You can give up a coffee or a beer for this worthy cause!

  20. Frank Walker From Notional Tiles:

    You can give up a coffee or a beer for this worthy cause!

    I gave up a slab.
    Fuck you.

  21. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    You are a wonderful man, Winston.

  22. Back Burn

    Please post a Bitcoin or other crypto address.

    Peter, you can instantly transfer/convert the Bitcoin to any BSB bank account in Australia using the Brisbane based “Living Room of Satoshi” site. It is an AFSL accredited company.

  23. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    You are a wonderful man, Winston.

    Oh.
    Sorry.
    Let me take that ‘fuck you’ back.

  24. Chris M

    Gold, Frank.

    Really? I don’t even know what he means. I presume it’s some sort of vile gay reference but it’s not clear what side he is supporting so was lost on me. Maybe Impeter understands him.

  25. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    No no, consider it a fuck you of mutual respect and gratitude.

    I don’t really know you but I am proud of you and everyone else who donated – from $1 to $1000 and above.

    Preserving free speech and academic integrity for a few dollars is actually cheap compared to losing it entirely.

  26. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    t’s not clear what side he is supporting so was lost on me.

    I donated $100 you shallow, fraudulent fuckstick.

  27. Roger

    Best wishes and a donation assured, Peter.

  28. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    I went to contribute but found he’s using “Gofundme” so can’t.

    Fuck off you bullshit artist.

    Did you leave Australia when Gillard was PM?

    Did you pull all your cash from your bank when they pulled some woke nonsense?

    Did you stop watching AFL when they announced the lesbian Muslim pork round?

    Did you cancel Foxtel when they boned Ross Cameron?

    You are a fucking useless boomer. You’re not going to donate shit.

  29. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    I went to contribute but found he’s using “Gofundme” so can’t.

    Fuck off you bullshit artist.

    Did you leave Australia when Gillard was PM?

    Did you pull all your cash from your bank when they pulled some woke nonsense?

    Did you stop watching AFL when they announced the lesbian Muss lamb pork round?

    Did you cancel Foxtel when they boned Ross Cameron?

    You are a fucking useless boomer. You’re not going to donate shit.

  30. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    OVER 540k AUD now.

    Hopefully my despicable shaming tactics worked.

  31. Siltstone

    I have donated again to support Ridd, a true scientist. JCU have zero credibility.

  32. Bubbles

    Of course,we will fund Peter, but it is a crime that we have to do so to oppose a criminal action using peoples funds to destroy a man that she is persecuting.

    Funding Peter is not adequate. This horror can only be won politically.

    Peter, organise a specifically political campaign. That is the only way to destroy this [email protected] There is a lot of anger out there against the overpaid bunyip academics. Capitalise on that. Your donors are obviously willing to go the yard to defeat this criminality.

  33. Tezza

    The best money I spent was my contribution to the first Peter Ridd funding appeal. I’m all in for this one.

  34. Chris M

    Hahaha seems like a happy and well adjusted… person.

  35. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    You’re not donating anything are you, Chris M?

  36. Chris M

    Not via the commie gofundme website Greta.

  37. Crossie

    If we want to win the culture war we must support people like Peter Ridd. I’ve just laid down my money for the cause.

  38. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    If we want to win the culture war we must support people like Peter Ridd.

    Or you could exhibit an insipid and pathetic tantrum about Go Fund Me.

  39. HP

    Using Go Fund Me as a climate heretic. That’s adventurous.
    How long before they shut this one down?

    I hope Peter has got a Plan B.
    He might need it in a day or 2, when he gets close to the target.

  40. John Devlin

    I do not take my marching orders from a loudmouth.
    I give money on my terms – or not at all.
    My terms will never include Go Fund Me.
    It is bad enough funding a lawyer’s next BMW but sometimes sh!t happens and there is some splatter.
    No problem – in 70+ years I have never experienced anyone refusing a cash donation.
    So…
    Peter/Peter’s Lawyers : publish account details of an account exclusively set aside for the Ridd defence – no third party involvement – and I will donate to it and if necessary will donate again later.
    Whosoever does not like my terms ,well here is my reply in precis form -“and the horse you rode in on”
    John Devlin Brisbane

  41. Publius

    that grinning little b|tch slomo .and his entire quisling front bench is missing in this fight. who can tell me how this isn’t one for our side to take up the cause and run with it. for crying out loud…its a clear vote winner, red meat, dog whistle, whatever, for the base. why isn’t a politicians self interest (which you can count on like the sun rising in the east) not working in our favour here?

  42. Iampeter

    Last year I was fired by James Cook University after saying that Great Barrier Reef science institutions were untrustworthy due to their systemic lack of quality assurance processes. This was after a distinguished career of over 30 years working on the Great Barrier Reef and at the university.

    This indeed sucks. But it is not grounds for any legal action, nor should it be. Not to those who support any semblance of free markets.

    With remarkable public support in this GoFundMe campaign, we raised legal funds to challenge the university and the Judge ruled that JCU had acted unlawfully on 28 counts and ruled that JCU should pay compensation of $1.2 million.

    You used left wing, unfair dismissal laws and enterprise agreement to get this payout. While it’s entertaining to watch the left suffer the consequences of their own bad ideas, those of us on the right wing side of politics cannot support such an action, anymore than we could support dragging someone to the HRC.

    There are many important points of principle that we must fight for:

    All points you are fighting against, as does anyone who supports you, since you don’t think a university can even fire someone over a disagreement.

    It is a crazy world that we have to spend this much for legal costs, but this is a fight that we have to win because of the principles it represents.

    No one has attacked you legally. This is action YOU are choosing to take.
    It is a fight that indeed has to be won, but in favour of JSU, if any semblance of academic freedom is to be protected.

    Something like this should be the response from those who are not on the left wing side of politics. Sadly and typically, just like we saw with Folau, conservatives have demonstrated no understanding of the issue and no principles, taking the left wing side and even giving money to what is ultimately the advancement of left wing employment regulations.

    The real issue as always is the hopeless conservative movement that needs to be done away with before the real fight against the left can begin.

    Cue clueless responses pretending this is a “breach of contract issue” or some similar nonsense…

  43. Chris

    Perhaps we could also run a letter-writing campaign to beg the Government to reduce the funding of leftist ideology via education, health and arts funding?
    Whoops…

  44. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    This indeed sucks. But it is not grounds for any legal action, nor should it be. Not to those who support any semblance of free markets.

    Yes it is. They lied and broke a contract. If they weren’t happy with the terms, they should not have employed him.

    Arguing against this presumes that hindrances and mandated conditions do not affect employment. They most certainly do.

    You used left wing, unfair dismissal laws and enterprise agreement to get this payout.

    Breach of contract and other claims would be legitimate but the left have taken over the employment law system. You can’t just go and make a claim in your state courts. You have to go to the FWA/FWC.

    It is also absurd to assume ALL contracts would be at will – to wit, he’d either be very lowly paid or very highly paid if that were the case. Countries with at will employment law do not rerquire contracts to be at will. Parties can always negotiate to terms more or less favourable to either party.

    No one has attacked you legally. This is action YOU are choosing to take.

    You’re lying.

    Sadly and typically, just like we saw with Folau, conservatives have demonstrated no understanding of the issue and no principles, taking the left wing side and even giving money to what is ultimately the advancement of left wing employment regulations.

    You idiot, Folau’s case can be based solely on common law or State contract statute – but the system now requires interaction with the FWC.

    Cue clueless responses pretending this is a “breach of contract issue” or some similar nonsense…

    You fraud, you want a free market but don’t think breaching a contract is an isue – good god you’re utterly transparent.

  45. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    John Devlin
    #3166670, posted on September 24, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    I do not take my marching orders from a loudmouth.
    I give money on my terms – or not at all.
    My terms will never include Go Fund Me.
    It is bad enough funding a lawyer’s next BMW but sometimes sh!t happens and there is some splatter.
    No problem – in 70+ years I have never experienced anyone refusing a cash donation.
    So…
    Peter/Peter’s Lawyers : publish account details of an account exclusively set aside for the Ridd defence – no third party involvement – and I will donate to it and if necessary will donate again later.
    Whosoever does not like my terms ,well here is my reply in precis form -“and the horse you rode in on”
    John Devlin Brisbane

    You idiot this is going to the Full Court of the Federal Court or the High Court, and you’re bitching about the price of a QC?

    You’re not all there mate. Maybe you want to perform heart surgery yourself too.

    Just shut up and donate.

  46. Iampeter

    You fraud, you want a free market but don’t think breaching a contract is an isue – good god you’re utterly transparent.

    A free market means no regulations like Fair Work.
    This is not a contract dispute, this is a Fair Work complaint.

    Like most of the confused leftists at the CatallaxyFiles, you simply have no clue what you’re talking about and are just a raving lunatic.

  47. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    You cannot dispute an employment contract out of the Fair Work Australia system anymore Putrid.

    You are just ignorant or a concern troll.

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