Session 16 – Australia’s Second Chance

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Event Category: 2016 and SessionsEvent Tags: Corrigans Room, Late Morning, and Sunday

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  • Australia was the only OECD country not to have gone into recession during the GFC. Our standard of living is one of the highest in the world, and we are a multicultural mix of talented migrants from all over the world.
    For the best part of the nineteenth century, Australia was the world’s richest country, a pioneer for democracy and a magnet for migrants. Yet our last big boom was followed by a fifty­year bust as we lost our luck, our riches and our nerve, and shut our doors on the world. Now we’re back on top, in the position where history tells us we made our biggest mistakes. Can we learn from our past and cement our place as one of the world’s great nations?
    With newly available economic data and fresh interviews with former leaders (including the last major interview with Malcolm Fraser), George Megalogenis crunches the numbers and weaves our history into a riveting argument, brilliantly chronicling our dialogue with the world and bringing welcome insight into the urgent question of who we are, and what we can become.

    George Megalogenis is an author and journalist with three decades’ experience in the media. His books include The Australian Moment, which won the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non­fiction and the 2012 Walkley Award for Non­fiction, and formed the basis for the ABC documentary series Making Australia Great. George is also the author of Faultlines, The Longest Decade and Quarterly Essay 40: Trivial Pursuit – Leadership and the End of the Reform Era. His most recent book Australia’s Second Chance was launched by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. This year George will publish Quarterly Essay 61: Balancing Act: Australia Between Recession and Renewal.. He joins Paul Brunton, historian and Emeritus Curator, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, in what promises to be a fascinating conversation about where we have been and where our nation is heading.

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