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The Iona - Performing Arts Centre

St Columba Anglican School

3 Iona Avenue

Port Macquarie, NSW 2444

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Australia’s most respected and experienced social researcher, Hugh Mackay, believes something is wrong with the state of the nation and in the lives of its citizens.

Drawing on his 50 years’ experience of listening to Australians talk about their lives and watching some big trends play out, Mackay shows how an unprecedented run of economic growth has failed to deliver a more stable or harmonious society. Individualism is rampant. Income inequality is growing. We are more socially fragmented, more anxious, more depressed, more overweight, more medicated, deeper in debt and
Increasingly addicted.

Mackay examines specific forces, including:

  • Disappointment in our political leadership

  • A loss of faith in once-respected Institutions like the church

  • Faltering education standards

  • A fracturing of families

  • The erosion of community

  • A marginalising of the disadvantaged, including refugees

  • The proliferation of social media leading, paradoxically, to more loneliness and less privacy

He shows how these forces disrupt our lives and erode our sense of what constitutes a meaningful existence, which in turn fuels despair and anxiety.

Yet Mackay remains optimistic and determined to be part of the solution. He offers some compelling proposals for a more compassionate society and a call to action to everyone who loves Australia enough to want to make it a better place for us all. You may not agree with everything he says, but you won’t be able to ignore the intelligence of his argument or feel unmoved by the passion of his convictions.


Hugh Mackay is a social researcher and bestselling author of 19 books, including The Good Life, The Art of Belonging, and his latest, Australia Reimagined, due out in May.

Hugh has had a 60-year career in social research, and was also a weekly newspaper columnist for over 25 years. He is currently a patron of the Asylum Seekers Centre and an honorary professor of social science in the University of Wollongong. Among many other appointments, he has been deputy chairman of the Australia Council for the Arts, chairman of trustees of Sydney Grammar School, and the inaugural chairman of the ACT government’s Community Inclusion Board.

In recognition of his pioneering work in social research, Hugh has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and awarded honorary doctorates by Charles Sturt, Macquarie, NSW, Western Sydney and Wollongong universities. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2015.


Signed copies of Dr Mackay's latest book, Austalia Reimagined - Towards a more compassionate, less anxious society will be available for purchase through Bookface Bookstore on the night. EFTPOS facilities will available.

Refreshments will also be served.
























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