Author and journalist George Megalogenis is regarded as one of Australia’s most widely respected and most rigorous thinkers on the political and economic factors that shape Australia’s past, present, and future.

While the Australian political discussion is at an impasse, with climate change, housing affordability, infrastructure, and public health looming as the defining issues of our times, the country’s economy stands ready in one of the world’s strongest positions to drive towards our next direction.

And yet, instead of harnessing that potential to meet our future challenges, our political leaders remain distracted by internal conflicts that play out publicly as anxieties about cultural difference and the future of immigration, with the latest iteration of that anxiety opening an unexpected discussion about Australian values.

“What are the Australian values?” Megalogenis asks.

“Would defining them help us to overcome that impasse? And what might a future Australia look like that we could all value?”

With three decades of experience in the media, Megalogenis will address these questions in conversation with writer and director of projects at Regional Arts Victoria Esther Anatolitis on Sunday 7 May.

The event will take place from 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm at the Neapoli Wine Bar (30 Russell Pl, Melbourne, VIC). Limited copies of George’s books including ‘Australia’s Second Chance’ will be available for sale. To book, go to