The Lucky Country by Donald HornePungent. Much of the analysis still applicable today 2015 with a conservative government in Canberra, a prime minister exhuming knighthoods on Australia Day. Is progress an illusion?
The chapter on Menzies, a valuable record for future reference.
The chapter Living with Asia worth reading again today, gives an understanding of how Asia views Australia.
Other topics Id highlight are:- Nation without a mind, The first suburban nation, Snobs, Women, Between Britain and America, Lost bearings, Provincial Australia, A Republic?, Men in power, Who runs Australia?, Forming Opinions, inc. Censors, Schools, Images of life, The press.
Are Australians happy?
No longer the lucky country for workers?
A report issued last month showed for the first time in history that less than half of Australians held a permanent full-time job. Australia has created one million jobs over five years and our economy is growing at a healthy 3. Wages growth is stuck near record lows and household debt is among the highest in the developed world. Average wages grew 2. This is causing concern at the Reserve Bank of Australia, which warned that weak household income growth and high debt posed a risk to the economy. Figure 1.
When it was first published in The Lucky Country caused a sensation. Horne took Australian society to task for its philistinism, provincialism and dependence. The book was a wake-up call to an unimaginative nation, an indictment of a country mired in mediocrity and manacled to its past. The Lucky Country is valuable not only as a source of continuing truths and revealing snapshots of the past, but above all as a key to understanding the anxieties and discontents of Australian society today. Donald Horne has written more than twenty books, including works of social and cultural critique, history, novels, memoirs and satire, and has contributed to or edited a further twenty. He is an emeritus professor from the University of New South Wales, where he taught for fifteen years, and was chancellor of the University of Canberra.
We received so much love from the article that we decided to create a similar celebration of Australia and all its beauty! Here at Nomads we are torn when deciding which country is the better travel destination — each has its own unique character and diverse landscape as you travel from place to place. To put it simply, no destination in the world compares to Australia or New Zealand. So while we continue to sit on the fence with this one, we will leave it up to you to decide which country is the ultimate paradise. Where else can you wear a thong in public? Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsunday Islands is continuously voted as the most beautiful beach on the planet. Most Australians are the most laid back and friendliest people in the world head beyond the cities and you will know what we are talking about!