ANU/The Canberra Times meet the author event with George Megalogenis


George Megalogenis will discuss his new Quarterly Essay, 'Balancing Act. Australia Between Recession and Renewal' with Laura Tingle.

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.

Megalogenis outlines the challenge for Malcolm Turnbull and his government but both sides of politics are clinging defensively to an old model. Trusting to the market has left us with gridlocked cities, growing inequality and a corporate sector that feels no obligation to pay tax. It is time to redraw the line between market and state.

Balancing Act is a passionate look at the politics of change and renewal, and a bold call for active government.

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.

Laura Tingle is the Political Editor for The Australian Financial Review. Laura has won two Walkley awards and the Paul Lyneham award for Excellence in Press Gallery Journalism.

Book early for this free event as George Megalogenis's last two events at ANU booked out.

Books on sale thanks to the University Co-Op bookshop.