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Imagining Australia

Ideas for our future

Imagining Australia by Macgregor Duncan
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Intelligent, far-sighted and spirited, Imagining Australia promises to find its place among the select few books to have redefined our country. Jointly written by four young Australians, Imagining Australia offers a host of exciting new ideas to transform Australia into the quintessential twenty-first century nation. Drawing upon the best policy thinking from around the world, and on their own experiences in the public, private and non-government sectors, the authors argue that Australia can tap the best of its history to rejuvenate the great Australian project. Forging a new national identity, transforming our democracy, building an intellectual nation, sustaining economic growth, engaging with the world, and generating a lasting reconciliation with Indigenous Australians are just some of the issues that Imagining Australia addresses with creativity and vision.

‘While I can't agree with everything in this book, the freshness of its ideas, the idealism of its authors and their ambition for Australia make it an excellent starting point for a new debate about where our country is heading and what sort of society we are becoming.'
Mark Latham, Federal Labor Leader

‘Will the Australia of tomorrow be a new Garden of Eden or a temple to the Golden Calf? This stimulating and exciting book poses the big questions. It demands that each reader imagine a new course for the nation's future.'
Michael Kirby AC CMG

‘Imagining Australia is full of newly minted ideas, scrubbed up old ideas, lively analysis and sparkling writing. I wish something like it had been around when I started out. In fact, I rather wish I'd written it.'
Gareth Evans AO QC, President of the International Crisis Group and Former Foreign Minister

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All royalties from the sale of this book will go to the Imagining Australia Foundation, a charitable body established to promote social entrepreneurship in Australia.

Allen & Unwin; July 2004
336 pages; ISBN 9781741152272
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Title: Imagining Australia
Author: Macgregor Duncan; Andrew Leigh; David Madden