Contributing Authors

Our motivating purpose is to create, nurture the development of, and advocate for social and institutional changes in response to what has happened during the covid era. We aim to provide a place for critical and constructive reflection upon the mistakes made and lessons to be learnt in order to avoid repetitions in the future of policy interventions that rely on social coercion and population-wide mandates.

Authors List


  • Dr Christoper Neil

    Dr Chris Christopher Neil has practised medicine for 20 years specialising in cardiology for the past 13. Since obtaining his PhD he has been involved in clinical research in a tertiary hospital context, including supervising multiple higher degree students.

  • Dr David Richards

    Dr David Richards is an Australian General Practitioner and Adjunct Professor at an Australian University in the faculty of medicine. He graduated from London University in 1984, having also completed an Honours Degree in Human Genetics and Immunology. He has peer reviewed papers for a major European Journal and presented at International Conferences on Genetics and Carotid Ultrasound.

  • Dr Eamonn Mathieson
  • Dr Julie Sladden

    Julie Sladden is a doctor and writer with over 25 years clinical experience across multiple disciplines in Australia and the UK. She is a passionate advocate for professionalism, ethics and transparency in healthcare.

  • Dr Varghese Zachariah

    Dr.Varghese Zachariah is an Australian-trained GP from Victoria. With a total of 16 years in General Practice, he now practices as a Functional & Integrative Medicine practitioner.

  • Graham Young

    Graham Young is the Executive Director of the Australian Institute for Progress, an Australian think tank based in Brisbane. He is the founder and editor of On Line Opinion, Australia's first online-only journal of politics and public affairs. He is a pioneer of online polling and a contributor to various publications including The Australian, the Australian Financial Review, the Courier Mail, the Spectator, and the Epoch Times.

  • Jason Strecker

    Jason has taught for over fifteen years and is the Head of Mathematics at a K-12 school. This year his students ran a Cost Benefit Analysis on Australia’s Covid response with some surprising results. He also established an accelerated programme that enabled students to begin a Mathematics degree whilst in their final year of studies. Prior to teaching, Jason held several positions in the IT industry in small to large businesses in private and public ventures. This included responsibility for the largest enterprise management environment in the country at over a hundred thousand devices. He is a Spectator contributor, having authored articles on the effects of government policy and the impact of cultural change. He feels privileged to have the opportunity to make personal relationships which he has used to broaden student understanding in the fields of indigenous affairs, engineering, economics and global perspectives. As president of a sporting association, Jason implemented mitigation strategies to minimise the impact of health orders across members and their families. This included counselling and financial support. Jason is married and has three children. He is an avid runner, and bike rider and enjoys the beauty of Gods amazing creation.

  • Jörg Probst

    Jörg Probst is a Sydney-based Swiss-born polyglot Australian researcher and commentator with a passion for promoting critical and independent thinking. He studied philosophy, psychology and law, practised as a lawyer and now works as a legal researcher.

  • Michael Baker

    Michael Baker has a BA (Economics) from the University of Western Australia. He is an independent economic consultant and freelance journalist with a background in policy research.

  • Prof Brendan Vote
  • Prof Gigi Foster

    Gigi Foster (Professor, UNSW School of Economics; BA Ethics, Politics and Economics, PhD Economics) works in diverse fields including education, social influence, time use, lab experiments, behavioural economics, and Australian policy. Named 2019 Young Economist of the Year by the Economic Society of Australia, she publishes in both specialised and cross-disciplinary outlets, and her innovative teaching was awarded a 2017 Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. She has filled numerous roles of service to the profession and engages heavily on economic matters with the Australian community, as one of Australia’s leading economics communicators, in the media and at live events. She is co-author of The Great Covid Panic (Brownstone Institute 2021, with Paul Frijters and Michael Baker) and Do Lockdowns and Border Closures Serve the “Greater Good”? (Connor Court 2022, with Sanjeev Sabhlok).

  • Prof James Allan

    Professor James Allan holds the oldest named chair at The University of Queensland. He practised law in a large Toronto law firm and at the Bar in London before shifting to teaching law and has taught around the Commonwealth, arriving in Australia in 2005. Allan also writes regularly for the Spectator Australia, the Australian and Law & Liberty in the US as well as semi-regularly for British and Canadian outlets. He came out against lockdowns, in print, as soon as they were imposed and never waivered from that position. His core research areas are moral and legal philosophy and anglosphere constitutional law.

  • Prof Nick Blismas

    Nick is Professor in the School of Property, Construction and Project Management at RMIT University in Melbourne. He joined RMIT from Loughborough University (UK) in 2004 after several years post-doctoral work. He worked as project manager in housing and corporate re-imaging prior to commencing an academic career. His main research fields over the years have included design for construction safety; off-site manufacture and housing production. Publications have included industry toolkits, reports and over 70 academic journal and conference publications. He has undertaken research funded directly by industry, Virginia Tech [via NIOSH (US)], AusIndusty and has held 4 ARC grants (Linkage & Discovery). Between 2014 and 2015 he was Director of the Centre for Construction Work Health & Safety Research at RMIT University. He has been a part-time academic since 2016. The response to the pandemic confirmed how freedom of thought and speech had been seriously eroded in research institutions and public discourse. This has prompted him to dedicate time to promoting and restoring freedom in science and research.

  • Prof Paul Frijters

    Paul Frijters is a long-time Professor of Economics, among the top 1% most cited economists and the 2009 "best economist under 40" as voted by the Economic Society of Australia. He worked as a Professor at the University of Queensland and the London School of Economics (LSE) for over 10 years. He is currently working in Saudi Arabia alongside a visiting emeritus professorial position at the LSE.

  • Prof Ramesh Thakur

    Ramesh Thakur is emeritus professor in Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University. Educated in India and Canada, Ramesh has held full time academic positions at universities in Australia, Canada, Fiji and New Zealand. He is a former United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, principal writer of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s 2002 UN reform report, a Responsibility to Protect (R2P) Commissioner and one of the three lead authors of its 2002 report on R2P. He served for five years as the Editor-in-Chief of Global Governance. His recent books include The Group of Twenty (G20) (Routledge, 2013), The Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy (Oxford University Press, 2013), Nuclear Weapons: The State of Play 2015 (Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, 2015), Nuclear Weapons and International Security: Collected Essays (Routledge, 2015), The United Nations, Peace and Security: From Collective Security to the Responsibility to Protect (Cambridge University Press, 2006 and 2017), and The Nuclear Ban Treaty: A Transformational Reframing of the Global Nuclear Order (Routledge, 2022).

  • Robert Brennan

    Robert Brennan lectured in anatomy and several other biomedical sciences before medical school and a career as a public sector medical officer in psychiatry. Recognising from the start that government pandemic health policy was motivated more by power, profit and political peer pressure than science, ethics or reality he became an anti lockdown activist from April 2020, the first Queensland medical practitioner to publicly speak out and the second in Australia to be suspended by the regulator for thought/speech crime. Robert has spoken widely at rallies and in the independent media space. Today you can find him on TNT radio live and substack and with the organisation Australian Medical Network or AMN (previously known as Covid Medical Network or CMN, Australia's first, latest, hardest hit and hardest hitting dissident doctor network in the covid era).

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— November 18 @ 8:30 am - November 19 @ 4:00 pm AEDT —

Inaugural “Progress through Science and Freedom” Conference