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.