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Australia is undergoing its greatest transformation since the gold rushes of the 1850s. Waves of skilled migration from Asia are changing Australia’s identity, and rewriting its economic future.
The migration boom carries opportunities and risks not seen before. It is already creating new divides between our capital cities and the regions, and between the cities themselves. The two clear winners are our two largest cities, but the danger is that their collective success will leave the rest of the nation behind.
Author and journalist George Megalogenis will use the 2017 Griffin Lecture to make the case for a big, cosmopolitan Australia without a big Sydney and Melbourne. He will explain why decentralisation is our number one policy challenge for the 21st century.
George Megalogenis is an author and journalist with three decades’ experience in the media. The Australian Moment won the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-fiction and the 2012 Walkley Award for Non-fiction, and formed the basis for his ABC documentary series Making Australia Great. His latest book is Australia’s Second Chance. He is also the author of Faultlines, The Longest Decade and Balancing Act: Australia between recession and renewal.