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July 27
5:30 pm - 6:45 pm


A Zoom event under Chatham House rule

Politics of Care or Fear?

A Melbourne Forum Online Interest Group: The Non-Fiction Book

Hosted by:
Peter Lamell
Dianne Jacobs

July 27 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm


Will Australia be a country of concern and care or will it be shaped by a politics of fear?

In this original essay, Care and fear: the new politics (Quarterly Essay, June 2021) 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?

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 FaultlinesThe Longest Decade and a previous best-selling Quarterly Essay, Trivial Pursuit: Leadership and the End of the Reform Era.

George Megalogenis never disappoints. This essay will be insightful, prescient and challenge our thinking. A discussion not to be missed. 

The Melbourne Forum non-fiction interest group explores contemporary themes through the non-fiction written word. Come with an open mind, hear differing perspectives and uncover what your fellow readers think.