For decades, social researchers have been debating and dissecting what it means to be Australian. In this fascinating session, two of our best social spies come together to pool their findings on what makes us tick. Guest curator Rebecca Huntley has traversed the continent for her enthralling book on Australian attitudes Still Lucky. For three decades, bestselling author George Megalogenis (Australia’s Second Chance) has been using history, politics, culture and economics to build compelling theses about Australia and where it stands in the world. Rebecca and George discuss what’s changed about us, and what’s stayed the same.  

 Curated by Rebecca Huntley.

Rebecca Huntley (Australian)

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Rebecca Huntley is one of Australia's foremost researchers on social trends. For nearly nine years, Rebecca was at the global research firm Ipsos running the Mind & Mood Report, Australia's longest-running social trends report. She is the author of numerous books including Still Lucky: Why You Should Feel Optimistic About Australia and Its People. She is on the Artistic Advisory Board of the Bell Shakespeare Company, a board member of The Whitlam Institute and an adjunct senior lecturer at the School of Social Sciences at The University of New South Wales.

George Megalogenis (Australian)

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George Megalogenis is an author and journalist with three decades' experience in the media. The Australian Moment won the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Non-fiction and the 2012 Walkley Award for Non-fiction, and formed the basis for his ABC documentary series Making Australia Great. His latest book is Australia’s Second Chance. He is also the author of Faultlines, The Longest Decade and Balancing Act: Australia Between Recession and Renewal.