Prof Gigi Foster

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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).

Gigi Foster and Dr. Ron Ehrlich discuss the influence of industry on policy and the impact on healthcare.
In March 2024, Gigi Foster discussed with independent MP Russell Broadbend why Australian governments pushed for lockdowns and vaccine mandates rather than following the pandemic plans that were already in place.
Job one of ASF was to organise disparate independent thinkers who believe reform is both needed and possible, and broadly adhere to a few core guiding principles, while accepting that not all of those so organised will agree on everything and that that fact is a source of strength.
The freedom-oriented movement that has steadily grown and galvanised opposition to government and corporate coercion in the last four years has produced many brilliant analyses of problems and culprits. Yet precious little time has been spent thinking about how a better society could work, and what constructive next steps can
The US, Australia, and the EU each started out as federalist ideas with extremely independent constituent states, and with constitutions that made the rise of a large central government illegal and impossible. Yet, in all three places, the federalist project has failed, and a giant central bureaucracy has arisen that
This final Voices missive marks the close of nearly 3.5 years of regular direct communication in this format with the hundreds of people who reached out to me during covid times seeking sanity, hope, and alternative approaches to the problems our society faces. 
All of these actions we take with the closing of the borders and the domestic lockdowns and in Australia we also had a huge amount of fiscal outlay to support people who are kicked out of their jobs – these actions have costs! And nowhere was that actually factored in
We know that the modern West has developed a jaw-dropping degree of totalitarianism, wherein the bureaucracies of the state and the corporate sector coordinate together to cripple humans outside their power networks and media channels. But what are the mechanics of this coordination? To understand one of the games they
As the West drifts further and further away from optimal public health systems, let us dream out loud about what an ideal set of institutions to promote health would look like. 
The ASF has published the following submission in support of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Amendment (Vaccine Indemnity) Bill 2023, which would amend the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 to provide that indemnities cannot be granted to manufacturers of vaccines in relation to the use of a vaccine.

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