The betrayal of science & laws during the COVID-19 outbreak

Author: sabhlok

Radio, TV and other interviews

Resigned: 9 September 2020

Handed over laptop and pass to DTF: 10 September 2020

Participated for the first time in any protest: 13 September 2020 – put out my boots

Wrote to the Treasurer Tim Pallas – published later on Catallaxy files: 13 September 2020

Article in AFR: 16 September 2020 [Screenshot]

Another article that was later published on Catallaxy files: 21 September 2020


  1. SBS News (Hindi)
  2. Channel 7 – Said they would feature on 27 September 2020 but it will probably air on some other date.
  3. Sky News (Peta Credlin)  YouTubeFacebook

Friday 18 September 2020

5. Neil Mitchell (radio)

6. Young IPA

7. Pete Evans

Saturday 19 September 2020

8. Matt Lawson [Instagram | Youtube]

Monday 21 September 2020

9. Albert Dadon Promo

Tuesday 22 September 2020

10. BNAP

Wednesday 23 September 2020

11. Matt Wong  | YouTube

Thursday 8 October 2020

12.  Talk at Samuel Griffith Society

Monday 12 October 2020

13. Long recorded chat with Matt Wong (Discernible)

Tuesday 13 October 2020

14. Interview with Channel 9 (aired at 7 pm on 14 October 2020)

Wednesday 14 October 2020

15. A second interview with Mike Ryan of BNAP. [YouTube]

Thursday 15 October 2020

16. Panel discussion with Beverley McArthur [YouTube]

Monday 19 October 2020

17. Sunrise – with Koshy at 7:15 am [On Facebook | Linkedin | Short version on Twitter]

18. Interview with Travis  Beard

Tuesday 20 October 2020

19. Interview with Marlena de Villiers, South Africa [YouTube]

Friday 13 November 2020

A chat with Gideon Rozner of the Institute of Public Affairs [Youtube – at around 7 minutes]

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Praise for author’s actions

Not many people are willing to give up their job to protest bad policy, but Sanjeev Sabhlok has given up his job not just once, but twice: First he resigned from India’s permanent senior civil service (Indian Administrative Service) to object to extreme corruption and socialist policies followed by the Indian government. Next, on 9 September 2020 he resigned his job as an economist in the Department of Treasury and Finance in Melbourne to protest extremely harmful policies by the Victorian government in relation to the coronavirus pandemic.

Here is some praise for the author’s actions to protest bad policy in Victoria:

Alan Jones:

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Reviews on Amazon

Cameron Murray, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Sydney:

Early 2020 was a crazy time for experts on economics and health policy. Years of experience and research was thrown out in the panicked response to the scary new virus. The author here describes exactly how scientific process was thrown out and, in a great act of doublespeak, totalitarian policy measures were enacted and then marketed as “based on the science”. While this book focusses on Australia and especially Victoria, the lessons are global, as the panic has been. The economic, political and social risks of the huge growth in discretionary government powers should concern people. I have personally expected a return to sanity amongst government globally after the initial first wave scare. But so far (as of Oct 2020) this doesn’t seem to be the case, and second wave lockdowns look likely in many places. I don’t know when the mass hysteria will end, but I hope that in the decades to come that my children and grandchildren learn from this episode the social risks that come when power is mixed with panic and fear.


Reviews on Goodreads (none yet)

By Professor Andreas Ortmann

Book review: Sanjeev Sabhlok’s The Great Hysteria and the Broken State, 17 November 2020 [Screenshot]


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