Leading social researcher Hugh Mackay reimagines Australia

Leading social researcher Hugh Mackay reimagines Australia

Hear from Australia’s most respected social researcher Hugh Mackay on Friday 18 May, when he appears for Maitland City Library’s Look Who’s Talking program at the historic Mansfield House.

In a special dinner event celebrating a decade of Look Who’s Talking, Mackay will present what he describes as the most important findings of his career.   

Twenty five years ago Hugh Mackay revolutionised Australian social analysis with the publication of ‘Reinventing Australia’. In his latest book ‘Australia Reimagined’, he draws on his 50 years of experience listening to Australians talk about their lives and watching some big trends play out.

His book suggests why Australia's unprecedented run of economic growth has failed to deliver a more stable and harmonious society. He takes an unflinching look at our society and offers some compelling proposals for a more compassionate and socially cohesive Australia. 

In Mackay’s own words, ‘When it comes to our future, misplaced optimism is as dangerous as blind faith. What is needed is the courage to face the way things are, and the wisdom and imagination to work out how to make things better.’

City Librarian Keryl Collard says, ‘Hugh Mackay has been a wonderful supporter of Maitland City Library’s Look Who’s Talking program over the years. He is an intelligent and passionate speaker with an important message about what it means to live well and what it takes to make Australia a better place.’

Hugh Mackay's research career has spanned six decades, including 25 years as research director of The Mackay Report, publishing quarterly reports on all aspects of Australian life. Among many other appointments, he has been deputy chair of the Australia Council for the Arts and is currently a patron of the Asylum Seekers Centre. In 2015 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia, marking his distinguished service to the community in the areas of social research and psychology.

Hugh Mackay will be appearing for Look Who’s Talking at Mansfield House between 6.00pm and 10.00pm on Friday 18 May. Cost is $75.00 and includes a welcome drink, canapes and a two course meal. Go to the Maitland Library website to book your spot.