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

Authors

  • A Victorian GP
  • Alison Bevege

    Alison Bevege is a journalist who has variously worked for NewsLtd, Daily Mail and Reuters. She now writes Letters From Australia on Substack and is currently working on a book about the covid gene-vaccine scandal.

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  • Andrew Lowenthal

    Andrew Lowenthal is an independent writer, researcher, and producer focused on digital authoritarianism. He writes on Substack at NetworkAffects, and tweets @NAffects. He is currently a Research Affiliate at the Institute for Network Cultures at the University of Amsterdam.

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  • Augusto Zimmermann

    Augusto Zimmermann is professor and head of law at Sheridan Institute of Higher Education and served as associate dean at Murdoch University. He is also a former commissioner with the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia.

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  • Bernie Ryan

    Bernie Ryan is a journalist who writes for the Canberra Weekly/Canberra Daily and holds post graduate qualifications from Deakin University in Communication. Her academic performance has earned her status as a Golden Key International Alumni. Bernie also holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of NSW and is a retired Critical Care and Trauma Social Worker and counsellor who for almost 25 years occupied roles in both the NSW and the ACT hospital and community health systems, as well as in child protection, tertiary education, occupational health, adoption services, defence and private practice. Bernie is a level One executive coach and has also worked in the arts industry as both a theatre company manager, theatre promoter and arts publicist. Originally hailing from rural southwest NSW, Bernie now lives in Canberra with her husband and has four adult children. Bernie is passionate about the well being of all, and is an avid researcher and advocate of truth and transparency, for the betterment of society.

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  • Bettina Arndt AM

    As one of Australia’s first sex therapists, Bettina started her career talking about sex on television and radio and teaching doctors and other professionals and sexual counselling. She then became a social commentator, a rare public voice speaking out about problems confronting men and boys in our anti-male society. Having attracted the ire of feminists with her university speaking tour exposing the campus kangaroo courts, in 2020 they attempted to cancel her after she received a government honour for promoting gender equity through advocacy for men. She continues her advocacy through blogs on Substack and regular media appearances.

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  • Cameron Murray

    Cameron Murray is an economist and consultant who specialises in property markets, environmental economics, and corruption. He is a Research Fellow in the Henry Halloran Trust at The University of Sydney.

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  • Carl Heneghan
  • David Bell

    David Bell is an Australian clinical and public health physician with a PhD in population health and background in internal medicine, modelling and epidemiology of infectious disease. He has worked in global health and biotech for the past 20 years, and is currently based in Texas, USA. Previously, he was Director of the Global Health Technologies at Intellectual Ventures Global Good Fund in the USA, Programme Head for Malaria and Acute Febrile Disease at FIND in Geneva, and worked in infectious diseases and coordinated malaria diagnostics strategy at the World Health Organization. He currently consults in biotech and international public health, and is a senior scholar of the Brownstone Institute.

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  • Dr Andrew McIntyre

    Gastroenterologist on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and Coordinator of the Doctors Against Mandates legal action.

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  • Dr Arief Farid

    Arief is a general practitioner based in Melbourne, Victoria.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Dr Eamonn Mathieson
  • Dr Jay Bhattacharya

    Jay Bhattacharya is a Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economics Research, a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and at the Stanford Freeman Spogli Institute. He holds courtesy appointments as Professor in Economics and in Health Research and Policy. He directs the Stanford Center on the Demography of Health and Aging. Dr. Bhattacharya’s research focuses on the economics of health care around the world with a particular emphasis on the health and well-being of vulnerable populations. Dr. Bhattacharya’s peer-reviewed research has been published in economics, statistics, legal, medical, public health, and health policy journals. He holds an MD and PhD in economics from Stanford University.

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  • Dr Jeyanthi Kunadhasan

    Dr Jeyanthi Kunadhasan was a Consultant Anaesthetist at a major regional Victorian public hospital, in practise for more than 12 years until she was mandated out in October 2021. She has a clinical interest in Patient Blood Management where she spearheaded many initiatives that sustainably brought down the unnecessary transfusion rates in major surgeries , leading to improved patient outcomes and lower cost to the health system.

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  • 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.

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  • Dr Michael Keane

    Dr Michael Keane is an adjunct associate professor at Swinburne University, an adjunct senior lecturer at Monash University and specialist anaesthesiologist, working in both the public and private systems. His main research interests include challenging establishment dogmatic paradigms, especially when those paradigms are not fit for complex systems. And to borrow a phrase from a famous movie, he believes that helping underdogs fight back when getting pushed around is a most rewarding part of academic life.

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  • Dr Peter Parry

    Dr Peter Parry is a psychiatrist with academic status as an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, Australia.

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  • Dr Phillip Altman

    Dr Altman is a well-known Australian authority on clinical trials and regulatory affairs with more than 40 years of experience in designing, managing and reporting of clinical trials and in working with the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration in gaining new drug approvals

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  • Dr Steven Overmeire

    A graduate of UWA, Dr Overmeire has practiced occupational medicine for 20 years and brings wide-ranging experience from both the UK and Australia. He has worked in a variety of industries and professions with diverse occupational health requirements, including mining, manufacturing, transport, fire and emergency services, government services, retail, health and aged care.

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  • Dr Thomas Cade

    Dr Cade has been a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RANZCOG) since 2015 after completion of training predominantly at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne. He has been on the RANZCOG Board of Examiners since 2015 and is a member of the Victorian State Committee. His research doctorate in the management of gestational diabetes was completed in 2018 and won the Arthur Nyulasy prize for most clinically impactful thesis: he also completed a masters degree in biostatistics. He has previously been a Head of Unit and a member of the Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the Royal Women's Hospital and now contributes primarily to research at the Pregnancy Research Centre and on the institutional Research Committee. He is a graduate research supervisor and advisory committee chair at the University of Melbourne. His clinical work is predominantly in private practice at Epworth Freemasons Hospital in Melbourne.

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  • 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.

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  • Gabriël A. Moens

    Professor Gabriël A. Moens AM is Emeritus Professor of Law, The University of Queensland. He served as Pro Vice Chancellor, Dean and Professor of Law, Murdoch University; Head, Graduate School of Law, The University of Notre Dame Australia; Garrick Professor of Law, The University of Queensland; and Professor of Law, Curtin University. He is the author/co-author/editor/co-editor of The Unlucky Country, Locke Press, 2024; Foundations of the Australian Legal System: History, Theory and Practice, LexisNexis, 2023; Emergency Powers, COVID-19 Restrictions & Mandatory Vaccination: A ‘Rule of Law’ Perspective, Connor Court Publishing, 2022; Enduring Ideas, Connor Court Publishing, 2020; Law of International Business in Australasia (2nd ed), The Federation Press, 2019; and The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia Annotated (9th ed), LexisNexis Butterworths, 2016. Gabriël authors novels, short stories, and opinion pieces. His debut novel, A Twisted Choice, a thriller about the origins of the COVID-19 virus, was published by Boolarong Press in October 2020. Connor Court Publishing published his second novel, The Coincidence, in November 2021. His most recent short story, The Country Prowler, was published by Boolarong Press in June 2023 in The Outback: Anthology of Short Stories (Volume 8).

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  • Geoff Sharrock

    Dr Geoff Sharrock has a PhD in university leadership and management. He has worked at the University of Melbourne's Centre for the Study of Higher Education as a program leader, and at Monash University as a higher education policy adviser. In consulting work he has advised universities on internal change management, and on their policy responses to the 2019 French Review. In 2022 he ran a project on free inquiry and viewpoint diversity in Australian higher education, funded by Heterodox Academy. He is an Honorary Senior Fellow with the University of Melbourne's School of Psychological Sciences.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Julian Gillespie LLB, BJuris

    Julian Gillespie is a lawyer and former barrister in Australia, known for his Covid-19 research and advocacy. His work includes seeking to have the provisional approval of Covid-19 vaccines declared legally invalid due to failures to meet regulatory standards. Julian is also a director of Children's Health Defense, Australia.

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  • Kara Thomas

    Kara Thomas is a Registered Nurse with post graduate Perioperative specialisation and a Masters in Community and International Development. She has held clinical team leading and research positions and is now the Secretary of the Australian Medical Professionals' Society (AMPS). She is devoted to seeking evidence-based health and safety policy that provides the best outcomes for Australians.

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  • Libby Klein

    Libby Klein is an ordinary Australian who just wants to be able to trust her doctor. Living through lockdowns in Melbourne Victoria, she started asking questions - and encourages others to do the same. Her day job is as a legal and governance advisor to charities and Not-for-profits.

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  • Martin Lally

    Martin Lally is a former Associate Professor in Finance at Victoria University of Wellington. He is currently involved in economic consulting work, primarily for regulators involved in price capping natural monopolies.

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  • 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.

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  • Peter Fam
  • Phil Shannon

    A former high school teacher (English and Maths) and Commonwealth public servant (mostly spent in the Department of Health), I have watched on with stunned amazement at how the world, with 'experts' in the lead, lost all composure over Covid. I blog at lockdownunder@substack.com and some of my Covid-themed articles are published at The Spectator https://www.spectator.com.au/author/phil-shannon/

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  • 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).

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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).

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  • Prof Robyn Cosford

    Dr Robyn Cosford (retired) Professor of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, Chair, Director Childrens Health Defense Australia Chapter.

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  • Prof Wendy Hoy

    Professor Wendy Hoy is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Centre for Chronic Disease at the University of Queensland in Australia. She is recognised internationally for her multidisciplinary research and policy and program development in kidney and related chronic disease, particularly in high-risk populations.

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  • Raphael Lataster

    Raphael Lataster holds a PhD from the University of Sydney, and occasionally lectures there and at other institutions. His main academic research interests include misinformation, disinformation, and fake news, in Health, Media, and Religion. He currently runs Okay Then News which presents interesting news pieces and journal articles without the biased commentary and rants that are nowadays so common.

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  • Rebekah Barnett

    Rebekah Barnett reports from Western Australia. She holds a BA in Communications (Hons.) from the University of Western Australia, and has worked with Jab Injuries Australia as a volunteer interviewer. Find her work on her Substack page, Dystopian Down Under.

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  • Richard Kelly

    Richard Kelly is a retired business analyst, married with three adult children, one dog, devastated by the way his home city of Melbourne was laid waste. Convinced justice will be served, one day.

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  • 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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  • Rocco Loiacono

    Rocco is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Curtin Law School. Previously he was also a lecturer in the Masters of Translation Studies at the University of Western Australia (UWA). After graduating with a combined Law and Languages (Honours) degree, he practised as a lawyer for ten years, most of that time at Clayton Utz. He has a PhD in the difficulties of translation across European continental legal systems and the English common law, and he is a certified NAATI translator (Italian > English). Rocco also has an abiding interest in matters concerning politics, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law, contributing regularly on these issues for the Spectator Australia, Quadrant, the Epoch Times and several Australian daily newspapers, as well as Sky News Australia and ADH TV.

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  • Ros Nealon-Cook

    Ros Nealon-Cook is a former registered psychologist with more than 20 years’ experience supporting children and their families. Her previous career / education was in business and computer science which saw her working with numerous blue-chip companies globally. She retrained as a psychologist to support people in ways that were more aligned with her ethics and values. On 23rd September 2021, the Psychology Council of NSW suspended her psychology registration, citing 10 anonymous complaints. These related to a video she had released outlining serious concerns around harms to children (of all ages, including in-utero) due to the Australian Government’s pandemic response measures.

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  • Sanjeev Sabhlok
  • Tom Jefferson
  • Victor Dalziel

    Victor Dalziel, is a self-taught content creator, academic researcher, stylist, and amateur DJ, embodying a critical disposition. Victor has lived, worked, and studied across the world, from China and South Korea to the United Kingdom. With a master's degree in international relations and a PhD in Philosophy [Sociology of Education], Victor's journey has been an unconventional one. Victor's superpower is remaining humble, softly spoken, and affable while maintaining a belly full of fire, passion, and rage! Surviving on less than a shoestring, in early 2023 Victor embarked on a passionate pursuit of his creative vision on YouTube. In a matter of weeks, Victor's content struck a chord with viewers, amassing over 5000+ views and garnering a rapidly growing audience. His unique blend of expertise and creativity, combined with a dry sense of humour connected with viewers from diverse backgrounds. However, it was at this early stage that Victor received a strike, coinciding with his channel temporarily disappearing from the platform. After a period of reflection, Victor has returned and found a new home on free-speech alternative Rumble.

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