George Megalogenis

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George Megalogenis (born 1964 in Melbourne)[1] is an Australian journalist, political commentator and author.[2]

Megalogenis was a senior feature writer for The Australian newspaper. He is also a regular on the ABC's political analysis program Insiders, where a panel discusses events in Australian politics.

Megalogenis spent eleven years in the Canberra Press Gallery, from 1988 to 1999, before returning to Melbourne. His writing draws on the personal experiences of someone who grew up in a migrant worker family.


  • Faultlines: Race, Work, and the Politics of Changing Australia (2003) – An in-depth review of the shifting demographics, the political handling of race-related issues, and the work-family challenges that are contributing to the changing face of Australia.[3]
  • The Longest Decade (2006) – A look at how the 1990s in Australia was a political era defined by two men, Paul Keating and John Howard, who altered Australia's predictable economic script of bust, boom, and bust. As treasurers and prime ministers, Keating and Howard dominated 30 years of power in Australia. By many, they are viewed as antagonists with competing visions of Australia and its place in the world. Meagalogenis argues they should also be remembered as the architects of a political, social and economic revolution that led to a more complex society and era of unprecedented affluence.[4]
  • The Australian Moment (2012) – Takes in the key events since the 1970s that led to unprecedented economic stability in Australia despite periods of turmoil on world markets. Megalogenis reasons that the resilience of Australian markets to weather recent economic storms leaves the country as well positioned as any to survive whatever comes next. It's heralded praise from journalists such as Annabel Crabb and David Marr, and renowned Australian author Don Watson described the book as "likely to become the essential short work on modern Australia."[5] The book won the 2012 Walkley Book Award,[6] the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Awards for non-fiction, and was Australia's bestselling political book of 2012.[7]



  1. ^ Bryant, Nick: George Megalogenis, Aesop Register, 2013.
  2. ^ "Review: The Longest Decade by Michelle Grattan, The Age, 20 May 2006
  3. ^ Google books
  4. ^ Google books
  5. ^ Watson, Don. "Likely to become the essential short work on modern Australia". Deakin University. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  6. ^ ABC. "Walkley Awards 2012". ABC. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  7. ^ The Age. "Bestselling books 2012". The Age. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  8. ^ Honour Roll 2003

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