HUGH MACKAY: Thursday 14 February

Australia Reimagined

Thursday 14 February
6.45pm for a 7pm start

St Macartan’s Parish Primary School
97 Bungower Rd

All proceeds to Peninsula Voice

Peninsula Voice and Farrells Bookshop proudly present esteemed social researcher, commentator and best selling author of Reinventing Australia, The Good Life and The Art of Belonging, Hugh Mackay.

In his latest book, Australia Reimagined, he takes an unflinching look at Australian society today and offers some compelling proposals for a less anxious, more compassionate and socially cohesive Australia.

Join us for an evening of interesting and intelligent discussion – for everyone who loves Australia and wants to make it a better place for us all.

Music students from Balcombe Grammar School will perform during arrival and a supper will be provided by CWA Mornington. Books will be available for purchase and signing on the night.

Live Twitter reporting provided by Monash University.

Ticket proceeds to Peninsula Voice, a not-for-profit community organisation.  

With thanks to the St Macartan’s Parish Primary School Parents Group.


Australian ReimaginedAustralia Reimagined
Hugh Mackay

‘When it comes to our future, misplaced optimism is as dangerous as blind faith. What is needed is the courage to face the way things are, and the wisdom and imagination to work out how to make things better.’

Australia’s unprecedented run of economic growth has failed to deliver a more stable or harmonious society. 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 esteemed social researcher Hugh Mackay remains optimistic. Twenty-five years ago, he revolutionised Australian social analysis with the publication of Reinventing Australia. Now he takes another unflinching look at us and offers some compelling proposals for a more compassionate and socially cohesive Australia. You might not agree with everything he suggests, but you’ll find it hard to get some of his ideas out of your head.

Argued with intelligence and passion, this book is essential reading for everyone who loves Australia enough to want to make it a better place for us all.

MackayHugh05About the Author

Hugh Mackay is a social researcher and bestselling author. Australia Reimagined is his nineteenth book. His research career has spanned six decades, including 25 years as research director of The Mackay Report, publishing quarterly reports on all aspects of Australian life. Among many honorary appointments, he has been deputy chair of the Australia Council for the Arts, chairman of trustees of Sydney Grammar School, the inaugural chair of the ACT government’s Community Inclusion Board, and is currently a patron of the Asylum Seekers Centre. He is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and has been awarded honorary doctorates by five Australian universities. In 2015, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia. He lives in Canberra.