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The Lucky Country?

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780702253676
Author(s): Ian Lowe
Format: Paperback
Year: 2016
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Dimensions: 154 x 18 x 229 (w x l x h)
Pages: 252

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Can we reinvent the Lucky Country? Fifty years ago author Donald Horne described Australia as 'a lucky country run by second-rate people', adding that our leaders are mostly unaware of events that surround them. The good fortune continued when our wide brown land proved to contain bountiful resources of saleable minerals, allowing successive generations of second-rate leaders to create an illusion of economic progress by liquidating those assets. But a crisis is approaching, driven by irresponsible encouragement of population growth rates typical of poor developing countries. Our domestic problems will be compounded by the global issues accurately projected forty years ago. It remains possible for Australia, still having a relatively small population and plentiful natural resources, to transform our nation into a model of sustainable development that would set an example to the rest of the world. The opportunity to do so, however, is being squandered by the current generation of second-rate leaders, still largely unaware of the events which are influencing their decisions.
In this polemic work, Ian Lowe will assess the state of Australia and whether we can retain our status of the Lucky Country. What kind of future do we want for our country?

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