The Great Hysteria and The Broken State -- Sanjeev Sabhlok

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The Great Hysteria and The Broken State

Sanjeev Sabhlok

Foreword by Gideon Rozner

Paperback, 140 pages

Mid-October Release

ISBN: 9781922449283


His first was a loud departure from a secure Victorian government job in courageous dissent against that government’s Covid-19 policies – a demonstration to Australians of what it means to stand for something.  This book contains his vision for what has gone wrong, why it is so wrong, and how to stop it happening again. 

-- Gigi Foster is a Professor of Economics at UNSW, co-hosts The Economists on ABC Radio National, and was named 2019 Young Economist of the Year by the Economic Society of Australia.


This pandemic is not a once in 100 year event but closer to a once in 30 year event. The hysteria is grossly overdone. 

There were WHO guidelines in 2019 about flu-type pandemics and none involved lockdowns. Australian governments including Victoria’s had clear plans for all kinds of pandemics. None involved 5-km lockdowns, 23-hour curfews and mandatory masks even in the open air.

These lockdowns are causing huge collateral damage while the governments remain in denial. The governments must lift the lockdowns and focus on the at-risk population. We also need constitutional and legal reforms to ensure that this doesn’t occur again.


Anyone who wants to understand what has happened in Victoria in response to Covid-19 must read this book. Sabhlok’s writings about the realities of SARS-CoV-2 virus and the dysfunctional political response to it are a revelation. This book will hopefully change the hearts and minds of many Australians about the Covid phenomenon we have all experienced. At the very least, Australians should be grateful that there are still men of integrity and courage like Sanjeev Sabhlok who are willing to speak the truth despite significant personal cost. Sabhlok has shown us the true meaning of public service and we are all indebted to him for his brave stand and for writing this important, informative and timely book.

-- Eamonn Mathieson is a Specialist Anaesthetist with an interest in Bioethics and a convener of the Australian Covid Medical Network. 


Sanjeev Sabhlok arrived in Australia from India in December 2000 after resigning from a senior executive role in the senior civil service of India. He has held roles as an executive in the Victorian WorkCover Authority and senior economist in the Department of Treasury and Finance in Victoria. He resigned on 9 September 2020 after he was directed to remove his direct and indirect social media criticism of the handling of the pandemic by some officials of the Daniel Andrews government.

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