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)

Rebecca Huntley

Dr Rebecca Huntley is one of Australia's foremost researchers on social trends. She is also an author and broadcaster. She is on the Board of The Bell Shakespeare Company and on the Executive Board of the NSW branch of the ALP. She is the Chair of the Advisory Board of Australian Parents for Climate Action. Her latest book is How to Talk About Climate Change in a Way That Makes a Difference.

George Megalogenis (Australian)

George Megalogenis

Unfortunately, George Megalogenis will no longer be appearing at the Festival. 

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. George is also the author of Faultlines, The Longest Decade, Australia’s Second Chance and Balancing Act, which contains his two Quarterly Essays, Trivial Pursuit – Leadership and the End of the Reform Era and Balancing Act – Australia Between Recession and Renewal. His most recent book is The Football Solution.