James Cook University staff avoid using emails after climate change sceptic sacked
A leading Great Barrier Reef researcher says academic staff at James Cook University (JCU) are avoiding using their staff emails in the wake of the sacking of climate change sceptic Peter Ridd.
According to documents filed in the Federal Circuit Court, Professor Ridd sent a private email describing a leading coral researcher as "not having any clue about the weather", and that he "will give the normal doom science about the Great Barrier Reef".
Professor Brodie was the target of some of Peter Ridd's criticisms, but he still feels the search of the outspoken academic's emails sends a "terrible signal" to the rest of JCU's academic staff.
The National Tertiary Education Union accepts JCU was within its legal rights to search Professor Ridd's email account, but argues the university is breaching a principle of academic freedom.