Correcting errors in public debate

In August last year I wrote an article in The Conversation, titled Drowning out the truth about the Great Barrier Reef.

Several weeks ago News Limited columnist Andrew Bolt emailed me to object to a brief passage in the article in which I asserted that “Bolt receives direct support from Australia’s richest mining magnate and climate denialist, Gina Rinehart”.

In collaboration with the editors at The Conversation the article was immediately amended to remove this claim and the following editor’s note was added:

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article implied that Gina Rinehart has provided direct financial support to Andrew Bolt. There is no evidence to support this claim. This has been corrected.

Last week Mr Bolt got in touch again seeking a personal apology and retraction. I am happy to comply with this request.

The above correction is properly made in the light of the information that Mr Bolt has provided. I accept that my original statement was not correct and apologise.

A good scientist and any good thinker bases their views and opinions upon correct information. I am willing to change my views and correct significant errors that I make.