One of the country’s most esteemed social researchers, Hugh Mackay believes that despite 26 years of uninterrupted economic growth, Australia is experiencing a worsening societal crisis. Income inequality is widening, we no longer trust our political leaders, and people are more anxious and socially fragmented than ever. In conversation with George Megalogenis, the acclaimed author talks about Australia Reimagined, his uplifting and passionate reflection on where we’ve gone wrong and how to build a more compassionate and cohesive society.

Hugh Mackay (Australian)

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Hugh Mackay is Australia’s leading social researcher and a bestselling author. Australia Reimagined is his nineteenth book. His research career has spanned six decades, including twenty-five years as research director of The Mackay Report. He has been deputy chair of the Australia Council for the Arts, the inaugural chair of the ACT government’s Community Inclusion Board, and is currently a patron of the Asylum Seekers Centre. In 2015, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia. He lives in Canberra.

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.