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Lucky but lame — Australia’s unhappy relationship with risk
Lucky but lame — Australia’s unhappy relationship with risk with Mark Kenny
Presented as part of 'A Foreign Country: Travels through the Past' series

'A Foreign Country: Travels through the Past' is a series of fortnightly lectures hosted by the State Library of NSW on Tuesday evenings at 5.30 pm between 31 August and 9 November 2021 .

Australia used to be revered as a social laboratory, unencumbered by class and possessed of a free-wheeling confidence in modernity. Home to the oldest union-based labour party in the world, it was the first country to mandate an eight-hour working day, the minimum living wage and compulsory arbitration, and the first to extend the full electoral franchise to women. Many other reforms followed. Yet in the twenty-first century, the ‘young and free’ country exhibits a social and political arthritis. This lecture contrasts Australia’s image as secular, progressive and egalitarian with the reality of its risk-averse politics.

Oct 26, 2021 05:30 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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