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A must-read, The Lucky Country? Reinventing Australia challenges us all to consider the kind of future we want for our country and communities.

Can we reinvent The Lucky Country?
In 1964, Donald Horne described Australia as 'a lucky country run mainly by second-rate people who share its luck' in his iconic book.  Now, more than five decades later, internationally respected scientist and environmentalist Ian Lowe shows that little has changed after generations of short-sighted leadership.
In his frank and fearless way, Lowe assesses the state of Australia in four key areas: our environment, population and society, geographical position, and unrelenting pursuit of economic growth.  Highlighting that the global economy and the environment are in crisis, Lowe illustrates the need – and the opportunity – to transform Australia into the world-leading model of sustainable development that we have the potential to become.
A must-read, The Lucky Country? Reinventing Australia challenges us all to consider the kind of future we want for our country and communities.


Praise for Ian Lowe


'Much as Lowe is an advocate for science and reason, he appreciates the political, economic and social dynamics that determine how scientific knowledge is received.' The Age


'A Voice of Reason is a resource for change based on common sense rather than fear-mongering' Gleebooks Gleaner


'Living in the Hothouse is probably the most accessible guide to how global warming, now an accepted proposition, will affect Australia . . . surprisingly readable and not without the odd bit of humour.' Brisbane News


A Big Fix is 'a comprehensive vision of a sustainable Australia and the steps we need to take to reach this goal.' ECOS Magazine


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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    March 28, 2016

    U.Q.P. (Adult)

    256 pages

    RRP $29.95

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