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Sixteen years ago, Hugh Mackay wrote the bestseller Reinventing Australia that analysed, with forensic skill, what was happening to Australianr society. Now, in Advance Australia…Where? he takes another long, hard look at Australian society.

While Australia enjoys unprecedented levels of prosperity and the promise of more to come, it is still battling an epidemic of depression, taking on record levels of debt, and yearning for a deeper sense of meaning. While many Australians complain about feeling powerless and isolated, Mackay sees some encouraging signs that Australians are learning how to absorb the impact of the revolutionary changes that have reshaped it.

This is a book for anyone who cares about Australia, from the pen of Australia’s most highly respected social researcher.


Hugh Mackay is one of this country's most perceptive social commentators.
Sydney Morning Herald
illuminator of other people's views... a reporter of voices. Mackay...is something of a national treasure.
Canberra Times