Are Australians still lucky? Rebecca Huntley thinks so. In spite of darkening political skies and increasingly partisan media, Huntley believes that Australians are more generous, more progressive and more alike than we think we are. Rebecca roamed the continent to find answers to some of the biggest social questions of today. David Marr called her resulting book Still Lucky, ‘A lucid and intimate portrait of the nation today’. An important conversation with one of Australia’s foremost social researchers about who we are and where we’re heading. Rebecca talks to Jenny Valentish.

Curated by Rebecca Huntley. 

Rebecca Huntley (Australian)

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Rebecca Huntley is a social researcher, writer and broadcaster. Her recent book is Still Lucky: Why You Should Feel Optimistic About Australia and Its People. She is the head of research at Essential Media/UMR, AN an adjunct senior lecturer at the School of Social Sciences at UNSW and on the Artistic Advisory Board of the Bell Shakespeare Company and on the board of The Whitlam Institute. 

Jenny Valentish (Australian)

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Jenny Valentish is the author of Woman of Substances, a journey into the female experience of addiction and treatment. She is a regular contributor to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Saturday Paper, and former editor of Time Out Melbourne and Triple J's Jmag. She was born in Slough, a satellite town of London, and moved to Australia in 2006. She quit drinking in 2009, which sparked a desire to explore the drives behind addiction. Currently, she is completing a graduate diploma in Alcohol and Other Drugs with Turning Point/Monash University.