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Hugh Mackay: Australia Reimagined

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse

Esteemed social researcher and author Hugh Mackay joins Brisbane Powerhouse audiences for an unflinching look at why Australia’s unprecedented run of economic growth has failed to deliver a more harmonious society.

Hugh revolutionised our understanding of Australian society 25 years ago, with the publication of Reinventing Australia. Now, with some perceptive observations and radical proposals, he does it again.

Individualism is rampant. Income inequality is growing. Public education is under-resourced. The gender revolution is stalling. We no longer trust our major institutions or our political leaders. We are more socially fragmented, more anxious, more depressed, more overweight, more medicated, deeper in debt and increasingly addicted – whether to our digital devices, drugs, pornography or ‘stuff’.

Yet Hugh Mackay remains optimistic. In an uplifting and energising evening he offers some compelling proposals for a more compassionate and socially cohesive Australia.

Hugh Mackay’s new book Australia Reimagined: Towards a more compassionate, less anxious society will be available for purchase and signing on the night.


Mackay is a most perceptive recorder of his fellow Australians. In a gentle yet persuasive style he holds a mirror up to us and each of us is sure to recognise something of ourselves

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Cathy Van Extel

Cathy Van Extel is a journalist with over 25 years experience in reporting, presenting and documentary making. She is a former Canberra Press Gallery journalist and presenter of ABC Canberra Breakfast. Cathy was awarded a Walkley Commendation for her ABC coverage of the September 11 terrorist attack. She regularly hosts panel discussions and conversations at Griffith University’s Integrity 20 conference and the Brisbane Writers Festival. Cathy is a senior reporter for ABC RN Breakfast and is currently filling in as presenter of RN’s Big Ideas.

About the Venue

Common Questions

How do I get to Brisbane Powerhouse?
See our Getting Here page.

Is parking available?
There is limited free-of-charge, all-day, on-site car parking at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you are travelling by car, please arrive early to secure a park. Additional free parking is available in New Farm Park accessible via our link road, which is opened after 5pm on performance days.

What time should I arrive?
It's best to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the show start time to find a car park, pick up your tickets at box office and make your way to the venue. The doors of the venue will open approximately 10-15 minutes prior to show time.

Where do I pick up my tickets?
Tickets will be available for pick up from Box Office 60 minutes prior to show time.

Is there food and drink available

Brisbane Powerhouse has two on-site restaurants. More information can be found on our Eat + Drink page.

See more common questions and learn everything you need to know about your visit to Brisbane Powerhouse on our FAQ page.

Get the most out of your visit

See an exhibition
See the world for free with awe-inspiring visual art from just about everywhere. Make sure you don’t miss anything – explore all of the foyers on the main and bottom floors. See what's on.

Explore New Farm Park
Brisbane Powerhouse is located next to the beautiful New Farm Park, one of Brisbane’s most popular and much loved recreational facilities. Pack a picnic, smell the roses in the garden, play a game of tennis, let the kids loose in the playground, enjoy a coffee, or just sit back and take in the sunshine.

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