George Megalogenis has thirty years' experience in the media, including over a decade in the federal parliamentary press gallery. His book 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 the ABC documentary series Making Australia Great. His most recent book is Australia's Second Chance and he is also author of Faultlines, The Longest Decade and the best-selling Quarterly Essay 40, Trivial Pursuit: Leadership and the End of the Reform Era.
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Australia faces recession. In the wake of the pandemic, will we see a new politics of care and fear, of social security and concern for the future?
In this original essay, George Megalogenis explains what we know about recessions and unemployment and how governments should respond. He explores the gender and generational aspects of job losses, and the fate of higher education – what happened to the clever country? He considers the state of the federation and, as Australia is forced to make its own luck, asks what future for a divided nation?
In this urgent essay, George Megalogenis argues that Australia risks becoming globalisation’s next and most unnecessary victim. The next shock, whenever it comes, will find us with our economic guard down, and a political system that has shredded its authority.
In Trivial Pursuit George Megalogenis considers Australia’s political dead zone. The Hawke, Keating and early Howard years were ones of bold reform; recently we have seen an era of power without purpose. But why? Is it down to powerful lobbies, or the media, or a failure of leadership, or all of the above? And whatever the case, how will hard decisions be taken for the future?