Extract from my 13 September email to Tim Pallas after my resignation

Thanks to Sinclair for having me on this wonderful forum on a regular basis (some of you might recall a few posts I’ve made here over the years).

I’m starting my free citizen innings with an extract from my 13 September 2020 email to Tim Pallas, Victoria’s Treasurer. No response yet but he doesn’t need to talk to me – there are good people within his department who can advise him if he asks them.

The question is, of course, why did the senior public service not advice on the pandemic policy in a sensible manner? One of the issues arising from this pandemic is the failure of senior public servants to perform their role – I’ll have more to say on this issue in due course. I’ve incidentally alluded to this issue in my AFR piece and also in an interview with Peta yesterday on Sky News (it was prerecorded so I’m not sure if she’s put out everything I said).


Till 10 September 2020 I worked as an economist in the Department of Treasury and Finance.

Unfortunately, I can no longer support the policies and strategies being implemented in Victoria in response to the coronavirus pandemic. To be able to speak my mind directly to the people, I have resigned in protest and reverted to being a free citizen.

I am writing this email since I have held (and continue to hold) you in high esteem and would like to provide you with an opportunity to consider an alternative view.

The Victorian Guide to Regulation states: “It is not possible for governments to provide a completely ‘risk free’ society, or to prevent every possible event that might cause harm”. Further: “the direct and indirect costs imposed by regulatory approaches may not be … immediately obvious. Risk regulation that is poorly targeted or costly will divert resources from other priorities”.

For 15 years I have advised governments in Victoria based on these long-established principles but this time around these principles have been trashed as if they did not exist. There has been no sign in Victoria this time around of risk-based regulation, evidence-based policy or cost-benefit analysis. I must add that epidemiological models do not constitute policy analysis. Policy analysis considers an enormous range of trade-offs and unintended consequences.

I have written 17 articles on my Times of India blog that provide a flavour of an alternative view – at: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/seeing-the-invisible/

I am happy to personally brief you should you so wish.



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22 Responses to Extract from my 13 September email to Tim Pallas after my resignation

  1. notafan says:

    And a person doesn’t even need to be an economist to see any of this.

    Just possess an open pair of eyes.

  2. rickw says:

    “It is not possible for governments to provide a completely ‘risk free’ society, or to prevent every possible event that might cause harm”

    Great article, so what exactly are Victorian Politicians trying to achieve? Total control? Total subjugation? Total destruction?

  3. Rafe Champion says:

    We are all proud to have you on the site Sanjeev!
    You beat me to the punch, I had my morning power report ready to go when you posted but it can wait for a while to leave your contribution at the top of the page!

  4. Mak Siccar says:

    The Artist Formerly Known As Spartacus
    #3588982, posted on September 18, 2020 at 7:42 am
    A man of honour.


  5. Karabar says:

    And a man of courage.

  6. Nob says:

    This could cost you dearly Sanjeev, in a collapsed economy with few other options.

    Respect for your principled stand, considering the cost it might come at.

  7. Roger says:

    A man of integrity.

  8. John Bayley says:

    Just possess an open pair of eyes.

    But that discrimination against the blind and one-eyed citizens of this great country.
    Better we keep those eyes firmly shut, comrades.
    That way nobody may be offended.

  9. Tom says:

    We are all proud to have you on the site Sanjeev!


  10. Noodle says:

    Congratulations sir, you are a true hero and an inspiration to freedom loving individuals everywhere. More power to you.

  11. Cactus says:

    Well done Sanjeev. I’m glad you have called this whole situation out. Someone needs to. You have done a rare thing of integrity I think.

    On the flip side – we now have 1 less sensible liberty loving small government person in the public service and so at the margin the culture is shifting even further into leftist group think. I know its small but it would be nice if there were more people in the public service with a right of centre bent. This is not a criticism of you. Its just I think Victoria in particular has a massive problem with Labor filling up the ranks with their own.

  12. notafan says:

    Many one eyed citizens in Victoria. Not quite sure if its really 70 percent though.

  13. notafan says:

    No Ron Swansons allowed in Victorian public service.

  14. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    When good men do nothing, Sanjeev, you know the quote. You have done something extraordinary and brave. A good man who has done all he can, who will suffer for that, but who will keep on telling truth to brutal power. Very proud to see you here.

  15. Annie says:

    We saw you on Peta’s programme. Excellent stuff Sanjeev.

  16. RobK says:

    May your message travel far and resonate well.
    Best wishes.

  17. cuckoo says:

    Greetings Sanjeev. That funny noise you can hear outside is ABC ‘journalists’ going through your rubbish bin looking for old Liberal Party membership flyers. Or anything else they can find.

  18. Delta A says:

    How inspiring – and heartening – to find a man who not only has principles, but who is willing to stand up for them.

  19. Struth says:

    Good on you Sanjeev.

    It boils down to one thing only.
    Who has the guns.
    There is no logic in this coup d’etat and that’s how you know it is one.

  20. Megan says:

    Welcome Sanjeev. I look forward to reading more of your contributions and congratulate you on your principled stand against the group think infesting our public service.

  21. Ozman says:

    Be Strong!

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