The bestselling author of The Australian Moment asks the most important question confronting the country right now – how do we maintain our winning streak?
Australia’s Second Chance
by George Megalogenis
Most nations don’t get a first chance to prosper. Australia is on its second. 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 fifty-year 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?
Showing that our future is in our foundation, Australia’s Second Chance goes back to 1788, the first contact between locals and migrants, to bring us a unique and fascinating view of the key events of our past right through to the present day. 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 compelling thesis, brilliantly chronicling our dialogue with the world and bringing fresh insight into the urgent question of who we are, and what we can become.
About the author
George Megalogenis is a political commentator, author and Australian journalist, including being a senior feature writer for The Australian newspaper. He was a regular guest on the ABC’s political analysis and panel discussion program, Insiders. In 2014, he wrote and presented a documentary series for the ABC, Making Australia Great: Inside Our Longest Boom, which aired in March 2015.
His books have included Faultlines: Race, Work, and the Politics of Changing Australia, The Longest Decade, The Australian Moment and now Australia’s Second Chance.
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