24th - 26th August 2018
Power, Politics, Passion

George Megalogenis

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.

 

Canberra Writers Festival events

Ministry of Truth

Friday 25th August 2017, 7:00pm. Kings Hall, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.
Tickets: SOLD OUT.

 

In Search of Good Government

Voter drift ... a fractious Senate and policy backflips ... leaders rolled with alarming regularity ... policy by Twitter post, and an angry and disenchanted electorate.

Where does this leave representative democracy in 2017? Can it be reborn, revitalised or remade?

Saturday 26th August 2017, 2:30pm. Members Dining Room 2, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.
Tickets: SOLD OUT.

 

George Megalogenis in conversation with Steve Lewis

Sunday 27th August 2017, 10:00am. Members Dining Room 2, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.
Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75

 

Canberra Writers Festival events - host

Rebecca Huntley in conversation with George Megalogenis

Rebecca Huntley is a social researcher who has spent years travelling Australia exploring our hearts and minds. In a world full of noise and afraid of genuine reform, she wants to break through all the noise and make you feel better about this country and the people around you.

Saturday 26th August 2017, 12:45pm. University House, Australian National University.
Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75

 

About the book

Australia is in transition. Saying it is easy. The panic kicks in when we are compelled to describe what the future might look like. There is no complacent middle to aim at. We will either catch the next wave of prosperity, or finally succumb to the Great Recession.

What has gone wrong with our politics? And what does our government need to do so that Australia is not globalisation’s next victim? Balancing Act is a passionate look at the politics of change and renewal, and a bold call for active government. George Megalogenis argues that both sides of politics are clinging to an old model because it tells them a reassuring story of Australian success. But that model has been exhausted by capitalism’s extended crisis and the end of the mining boom. It is time to redraw the line between market and state.

This revised edition of Megalogenis’s bestselling Quarterly Essay brings the story up to date through a substantial new essay, and also includes his other acclaimed Quarterly Essay, Trivial Pursuit: Leadership and the End of the Reform Era.

Balancing Act is published by Black Inc.

Buy the book from the festival's bookshop partner Dymocks.

 

More reading

Magda Szubanski and George Megalogenis in conversation, ABC Radio National, January 2017.

George Megalogenis asks: can Australia continue its winning streak? ABC Conversations with Richard Fidler, September 2015.

Full Interview: Journalist and Author George Megalogenis, 3AW 693 News Talk, March 2016.

The book of Paul: Lessons in Leadership and Paul Keating, The Monthly, November 2011.

George Megalogenis: The Australian Moment, The Wheeler Centre: Books Writing Ideas, March 2012.

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