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“A marine scientist was unlawfully sacked by James Cook University (JCU) in north Queensland for criticising his colleagues' research on the impacts of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia has ruled.
Dr Peter Ridd was dismissed by James Cook University (JCU) last year after being issued with a number of warnings for comments he made about a lead coral researcher and for telling Sky TV that organisations like the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) could "no longer be trusted".
Court documents said Dr Ridd described his colleague in an email as "not having any clue about the weather", and that he "will give the normal doom science about the Great Barrier Reef".
Dr Ridd said in another email that JCU, along with other universities, were "Orwellian in nature"
"The case started about my comments about the quality of some of the Great Barrier Reef science … and it sort of ended up in an academic freedom case," Dr Ridd said. Dr Ridd said he stood by his comments
National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) vice-president Andrew Bonnell said it was clear the university had breached its commitment to academic freedom.
"Even if someone is saying something unpopular, if you have a scientist or other academic speaking — especially on the matter related to their expertise — then they have a right to represent unpopular opinions, even if some people find it annoying," Mr Bonnell said.
Never gagged or silenced,
In a statement Provost Professor Chris Cocklin disagreed with the judge and said the university was "considering its options". "[We] are also troubled by the fact that he fails to refer to any legal precedent or case law in Australia to support his interpretation of our enterprise agreement, or academic freedom in Australian employment law," the statement said....
"What was in issue was how to he communicated about others, how he denigrated others, and how he breached confidentiality, which impacted not only on him, but on others."
So I am delusional since I do not agree with the climate change agenda, since I feel it is not appropriate and is actually causing more harm than good because of their narrow minded approach to fixing the problem.
Vacation locally, do not fly to europe or other countries to watch an eclipse or look at the tourist attractions if France or Italy.