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 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.

He was married to Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk from 1996 to 1998.[3]


  • 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.[4]
  • 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.[5]
  • 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."[6] The book won the 2012 Walkley Book Award,[7] the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Awards for non-fiction, and was Australia's bestselling political book of 2012.[8]


Megalogenis was a regular guest on the ABC's political analysis and panel discussion program Insiders.

In 2014, he wrote and presented a documentary series for the ABC: Making Australia Great: Inside Our Longest Boom, which aired in March 2015.[9]



  1. ^ Bryant, Nick: George Megalogenis, Aesop Register, 2013.
  2. ^ "Review: The Longest Decade" by Michelle Grattan, The Age, 20 May 2006
  3. ^ "Can being born to rule be enough for Labor's Anna Palaszczuk" by Damien Murphy, The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 January 2015
  4. ^ Google books
  5. ^ Google books
  6. ^ "The past is still with us". Deakin University. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "George Megalogenis: The Australian Moment". Radio National Breakfast. ABC. 16 January 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Bestselling books 2012". The Age. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Making Australia Great: Inside Our Longest Boom". ABC. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  10. ^ Honour Roll 2003

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