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For the record – an acknowledgement from the Press Council

On 27 April 2021 I had lodged the following complaint with the Press Council:


On 16 April 2021 ABC News published a so-called “fact check” in which they have attacked me without any basis, spreading an enormous bunch of lies that are inimical to Australia’s security and public interest.

On 23 April 2021 I lodged a complaint with the ABC in this in this matter. A copy is available at:

The ABC has provided me with an automated response, giving themselves a month to respond. I believe ABC needs to withdraw its false claims and also give me space to publish my rebuttal.

As you will note from my complaint to the ABC, I was not contacted at any stage the ABC about my comments that it was allegedly trying to fact check. Not only have ABC falsely accused me of making certain claims (re: the origin of lockdowns), where they did get my position right (the harms of lockdowns), they have provided a frivolous and false “fact check”. In the meanwhile, 50 studies and reports have confirmed that lockdown are harmful nor do they work to achieve their alleged objectives.

It is unfortunate that not only has the Australian government forfeited its moral ground in terms of the ethics of the actions it has undertaken since March 2020, ABC as the national broadcaster has turned out shoddy coverage of the government’s actions and has now joined the government in severely misleading the nation.

I would like to request the Press Council to take up this matter urgently with the ABC so they withdraw their scurrilous article and provide me adequate space for a formal rebuttal.



Dear Sanjeev,

Re: Australian Broadcasting Corporation

We acknowledge the receipt of your Complaint Form submitted to the Press Council on 27 April 2021.

Please note that the Press Council handles complaints about Australian newspapers, magazines and their associated websites, as well as online-only publishers:

Australian television and radio broadcasters are regulated by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), so any complaint about broadcast content should be taken up directly with the broadcaster or made to ACMA.

Information about how to access ACMA’s complaints-handling process may be found at:

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation also provides its own complaints-handling process; see:

We trust this information will assist, and we thank you for your interest in maintaining media standards.

Kind regards,


Australian Press Council Inc
Level 6, 53 Berry Street, North Sydney NSW 2060
PO Box 1014, North Sydney NSW 2059
Telephones: 02 9261 1930 1 800 025 712

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Gigi Foster’s Voices against lockdowns – (6) 26 April 2021

Continuing from the fifth report:


Dear all,

On this ANZAC Day long weekend, I hope you are feeling solidarity not only with freedom fighters of the past but with the increasing numbers of people in Australia and the world today who are coming to understand the folly of lockdowns as a response to Covid-19. Notwithstanding the recent snap lockdown in Western Australia, with other Australian states promptly restricting free border crossings of travellers from WA, the recent protests in London and many of the resources and information below show the slow turn of the tide. I continue to hope that we will be free to live and travel unencumbered by blanket restrictions in the name of Covid by the end of this year or early 2022.

As usual, below/attached is a collection of curated links and reports that you may find of interest.

The most careful cost-benefit analysis of lockdowns for Australia that I have yet seen is attached (“The Costs and Benefits of a Covid Lockdown-6”), penned by Martin T. Lally of New Zealand, who comes to the firm conclusion that the Covid lockdowns were not worth it. Douglas Allen has also produced the attached “Lockdown Report”, concluding that lockdowns may go down in history as one of Canada’s greatest peacetime policy disasters.

On the legal front, disturbingly, Serene Teffaha – a solicitor I have mentioned in previous missives who has been working on class-action lawsuits for those negatively affected by lockdowns – has had her license revoked. She responds here:

However, staying with legal matters, there is also the following heartening news:

The following page also featuring Dr Reiner Fuellmich contains, if you scroll down, some useful argumentation against lockdowns:

A Facebook group of Australian lawyers:

Some useful information, evidence, and analyses by those on the North American continent:–

And staying on that continent, the transcript of a speech by a kindred spirit in the US:

A couple of heartening pieces from the Wall Street Journal:

The American Institute for Economic Research and its writers continue to publish sensible and useful stuff on Covid lockdowns:–

The Spectator as well has published some quality pieces during this period – a recent one is here, by Ramesh Thakur:

Pieter den Heten passes along information about the group he created to help advocate for Australians stranded overseas during the Covid period, called the Stranded Aussies Action Network ( Some key extracts of SAAN’s mission statement:

The Stranded Aussies Action Network (SAAN) is an initiative that formed in January 2021 when the Australian government halved its international arrivals caps.

SAAN’s objective is to make the critical facts and figures widely known and to provide tools to help all of those impacted to advocate for themselves and their loved ones.
SAAN’s founders – the authors of the website and resources – are volunteers, currently in different parts of the world, who have been impacted by Australia’s travel ban. They understand the experience of being locked out of their home country.
SAAN is an informal network that is not politically partisan. It is not affiliated with any other group or initiative other than Its founders are not involved in any proposed legal actions or rescue flights. SAAN requires no membership and it will not collect or store names or personal information. It will not collect money.
SAAN’s objective is to empower those impacted by the travel ban. It provides the informal means for all of those affected to form a unified force that can compel political leaders to act.

From the academy:

Some recent media appearances of mine:

Some turning of the corner in the mainstream Australian press (though I also note that Adam Creighton, who has been one of the staunchest advocates in Australian journalism of abandoning the lockdown approach, has recently moved to the US, taking up a new post as the Washington DC correspondent for The Australian):

Some inspiration from the music world:

Somehow I’ve neglected to include a link to this group in my prior missives, but it is long overdue:

Finally, as the raison d’etre of this mailing list is to help provide solidarity and support for those (mainly in Australia) who believe that lockdowns are the wrong response to Covid, I have resisted including significant amounts of information in these Voices Against Lockdowns missives about related but separate issues such as the vaccines, vaccine passports, testing, masking, anti-Covid prophylaxis, and other interventions being implemented or discussed in the public space. Many of those on this list regularly forward me links about these related topics. While I do not wish to devote much space to them, in case you are interested, here are a few illustrative examples:

Sense will prevail, eventually. Until we see a cessation of blanket restrictions on normal human activities – including interstate and international travel – in the name of Covid in Australia. Thank you again to those who have sent me information since my last missive, helping me to compile the resources above.

In solidarity.


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My next TOI blog post: Lockdown origins and harms

I’ve already shared yesterday, but for the record – for someone searching for my posts – my next post in Seeing the Invisible: Times of India blog:


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