Is Professor Murry Salby who is critical of AGW theory, being disenfranchised, exiled, from academia in Australia?

Posted: July 9, 2013 by tallbloke in solar system dynamics

Meanwhile the Royal society hands big funding to Stephan Lewandowsky and a prominent UK university appoints him to a professorship. This stinks. Strong proof that academia has abandoned serious scientific enquiry into the strong uncertainty surrounding the physical processes which affect the carbon cycle.

The ghost of Lysenko stalks the corridors of academia.

Watts Up With That?

People send me stuff.

Just last week we heard that Dr. Robert Carter had been blackballed at his own university where he served as department chair, and now we have this from Dr. Murray Salby, sent via email.

Between John Cook, Stephan Lewandowsky, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, plus Mike Marriot and his idiotic ideas, I’m beginning to think Australia is ground zero for AGW crackpottery.

This email’s accusations (if true I have independent confirmation now, title changed to reflect this – Anthony)  is quite something, it illustrates the disturbing lengths a university will go to suppress ideas they don’t agree with. So much for academic freedom at Macquarie University.

From: [redacted]
Sent: Monday, July 08, 2013 2:25 PM
To: [redacted]
Subject: From Murry Salby

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  1. tallbloke says:

    This is a watershed moment in the climate debate. Salby has clearly been thwarted by the bad faith (and probably actionable) behaviour of Macquerie university.

    I think we should give Murray Salby some practical financial support to assist him in fighting Macquerie University and helping him relocate to a more suitable academic environment. Perhaps Dick Lindzen still wields some influence in MIT?

    Or will we find all academic institutions will abandon principles of scientific enquiry and run scared before the interests of those who control funding streams?

    Scientia weeps.

  2. RichardLH says:

    I agree. Scientists are supposed to look at things as a science. Not as a believer/non-believer.
    That is NOT science.

  3. Dr. Salby is clearly just the latest in an uncounted number of victims of the global warming fraud over the last 20 years or so. My position:

    The System Is Broken: Incompetent Science and Insane Politics

  4. Richard111 says:

    If someone could produce a DVD of Professor Salby’s video I’d happily cough up a tenner for it if this would help his funds.

  5. J Martin says:

    If we get steady cooling to 2030 we can but hope that there will be a major academic clear out of the people at these Universities who are responsible for the removal of Bob Carter and Murry Salby. Significant compensation should also be paid.

    It surprises me that the Universities are doing this at all. I can only think that it must have something to do with grants or money somehow. Perhaps someone in the loony government they have in Australia picked up the phone to the University and suggested they would have a large income drop or be restructured if they didn’t comply.

    I think I would like to know the names and email addresses of the people responsible at these two Universities so that every year we see cooling I can email them to remind them that their belief in the co2 religious cult was misplaced and point out the ever declining temperatures that are not in the models and ask when they plan on apologising and resigning.

    Bring on that cooling, preferably Maunder level.

  6. Kon Dealer says:

    Clearly academic freedom is under attack at Macquerie university by the high priests and political beneficiaries of AGW.
    This is a very worrying situation which has disturbing parallels with Lysenkoism which flourished under the state patronage of Stalin.

  7. tallbloke says:

    four-of-them says:
    July 9, 2013 at 2:02 am
    If I wanted to describe Australian science in 2013, I would write something like this :

    “the state provided scientists with funds, resources, and great public prestige. In turn, the scientific community gives the state expertise and legitimacy in industry, agriculture, and medicine. Each develop various tactics to deal with its partner. The state establishes strict administrative control over institutional structures, scientific personnel, research directions, and scholarly communications. For their part, the scientists cultivate patrons among the highest bureaucrats and skilfully play upon their constantly changing policies and objectives”.

    But wait …it’s not Australia, that’s Russia in the 1930′s and those are the words of Nikolai Krementsov (from the University of Toronto, describing Stalinist Science under Russian Communism.

    Oh well…….. Here we go again.
    Go Comrades!
    Welcome to Soviet Australia.

  8. Tallbloke supporter says:

    Paul Dennis posted this at BH:

    It certainly reads as though Professor Salby has been badly treated but think it wise to be cautious at this stage re the motives and actions of Macquarie University until the full details are known. If the situation is as Professor Salby writes then action via the courts would seem to be appropriate. Professor Salby has experience here with a previous employer:
    Jul 9, 2013 at 11:11 PM | Unregistered CommenterPaul Dennis

    The dockets links show up some additional documentation but I didn’t see any details of the claims.

    If Stephen Wilde (or anyone else) is reading and can offer a view on this previous incident I’d be interested to know more. Thanks.

  9. Nick Stokes says:

    Here is one of the judgments. It seems that the actions linked were federal Civil Rights claims. The actual complaints against UC were under state law, and are briefly mentioned in the judgment. The state cases don’t seem to be available on the web.

  10. orson2 says:

    Unfortunately, I fear this becoming more and more about Murry instead of Macquarie or his findings.

    Stephen Hayward – an environment and American Studies scholar with Washington, DC think tanks, and now the Professor in conservative political thought at the University of Colorado at Boulder – whose recent writing is linked to by Salby himself, he now reports on the subject of these developments.

    Hayward sums up Salby’s account (above) with

    Macquarie “apparently regretted its hiring of Salby and reneged on its commitment of support for his research, is penalizing one of his graduate students, and has used technicalities to dismiss him.”

    “It is likely that Tim Flannery, one of the leading climate campaign thugs who is also at Macquarie, is behind this purge.”

    Genuine dissent is very difficult to have in the PC-science university today. Hayward ways he’s “still convinced that I was correct when I said in my post on Salby last month that ‘I suspect there are a lot more Salbys out there in the sciences in academia.’ But his treatment shows how hazardous it can be to challenge the “consensus” if you aren’t tenured.”

    Bu not all hires are created equal in the new, PC-university. Even – or possibly especially – in the sciences.

  11. Stephen Wilde says:


    Can’t comment on US law unfortunately.

    Odd, though, that Murry seems to have a history of multiple employment disputes.

  12. Bart says:

    Nick Stokes says:
    July 10, 2013 at 2:48 am

    Hmm… UC sought dismissal not on the merits, but on “sovereign immunity”.

    Stephen Wilde says:
    July 10, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    “Odd, though, that Murry seems to have a history of multiple employment disputes.”

    Or, conversely, that academia seems to have a history of going after Murry.

  13. Stephen Wilde says:

    “Or, conversely, that academia seems to have a history of going after Murry.”

    Yes, I meant to imply that as one possibility.

  14. tallbloke says:

    Bob Cater has had adjunct prof status terminated by Cook University. Salby gets a mention here too. Podcast:

  15. kuhnkat says:


    from the release: “It is true that his return flight was cancelled in an attempt to prevent the unauthorised travel and limit the unauthorised expenditure. This was done in error and the University is reviewing relevant processes.”

    And just happened to ensure he wasn’t there to plead his case before the board…

  16. Bart says:

    kuhnkat says:
    July 13, 2013 at 5:20 am

    Yes, isn’t that convenient.

  17. oldbrew says:

    Monckton has waded into the Salby controversy.

    “This case is outrageous. I shall be finding out further details from Professor Salby and shall then arrange for powerful backers to assist him in fighting the university, which – if his side of the story is in all material respects true – has committed multiple criminal offenses. This needs to be a high-profile case.” Christopher Monckton