Australia was the only rich country not to have gone into recession during the GFC. Our standard of living is one of the highest in the world, and we're a multicultural mix of talented migrants from all over the world. We've been here before: at the end of the goldrush in the 1850s, Australians had the highest standard of living on earth. And we lost our nerve; we shut the doors to immigration, tried to hoard what we had and entered almost a hundred years of decline. Our second chance is now; will we use it or lose it?
Crunching numbers and weaving history into a riveting, rollicking tale, George Megalogenis brilliantly chronicles the waves of immigration from the First Fleet onwards and uses his unique abilities in decoding economics and demography to advance this new insight into our history, and our future.
"Terry Smyth is an award-winning journalist, playwright, scriptwriter and songwriter. The youngest son of Irish immigrants, he was born and raised in the Hunter Valley, and is now based in Sydney. He has, in his time, worked as a builder s labourer, steel worker, cotton mill hand, psychiatric nurse, professional musician and advertising copywriter. Terry has written and produced drama, music and comedy for ABC radio, television and the stage, and continues to write and record original music. In a 25-year career as a feature writer and columnist with Fairfax Media (on The Newcastle Herald, The Sun-Herald and The Sydney Morning Herald), he wrote extensively on historical, social and cultural subjects, and was more recently the co-founder and editor of the popular Australian history online magazine The Forgotten Times. Terry has a longstanding interest in colonial Australian history, British and Irish history, and in American history, particularly the American Civil War."