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.

Supported by BDO.

Hugh Mackay (Australian)

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Hugh Mackay is Australia's leading social researcher and a prolific author. Selling the Dream, a wacky satire set in an ad agency, is his 18th book and seventh novel. Hugh's research career spans 60 years, including 25 years as a weekly newspaper columnist. In recognition of his unique contribution to Australian social research, he has been awarded honorary doctorates by Charles Sturt, Macquarie, NSW, Western Sydney and Wollongong universities. In 2015, he was appointed an officer (AO) of the Order of Australia.

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.