The Australian Moment

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The Australian Moment: How We Were Made For These Times
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AuthorGeorge Megalogenis
SubjectAustralian politics, Political history, Economics
Published2012 (Penguin Group)
Media typePrint (Hardback)

The Australian Moment: How We Were Made For These Times is a 2012 Australian economics book by George Megalogenis. It explains how Australia has been able to weather recent world economic problems relatively unscathed.


Dennis Altman, writing in The Sydney Morning Herald, described The Australian Moment as "a detailed and rather economist account of mainstream politics during the past 40 years.", and although calling Megalogenis "one of the country's sanest political journalists" found that "in the end his views reflect the dominant consensus of the chattering classes: Hawke is the best post-Menzies leader because he led the way in deregulating the economy.", and concluded "The thesis of The Australian Moment is fascinating, but it deserves a far more thought-through argument and one that recognises the equal claims of countries such as Brazil or Turkey that seem more likely than Australia to be seen as global models. .. It is unfortunate that there is not more time for our best journalists to step back, reflect more and write more slowly."[1]

The Australian Moment has also been reviewed by The Spectator,[2] Australian Book Review,[3] Inside Story,[4] Institute of Public Affairs Review,[5] and Policy.[6]



Making Australia Great: Inside Our Longest Boom is a 2015 3 part documentary by Megalogenis based on The Australian Moment.[12]


  1. ^ Altman, Dennis (24 March 2012). "Too broad an accent". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  2. ^ Derek Parker (3 March 2012). "Australian Books: A missed moment (subscription required)". The Spectator. Press Holdings. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  3. ^ Matthew Lamb (April 2012). "George Megalogenis: The Australian Moment - Economic booms and busts as extremes of the human condition (subscription required)". Australian Book Review. ABR (340). Retrieved 21 March 2017. The Australian Moment is arguably the most important work on Australian economics and modern political history of our generation.
  4. ^ John Quiggin (28 June 2012). "National Affairs: As Luck Would Have It". Inside Story. Swinburne Institute for Social Research. Retrieved 21 March 2017. Whether you applaud or deplore the fact, market liberalism has defined the past three decades and it must be understood if we are to do better in future. The Australian Moment is probably the best exposition of Australia’s political history over the period of market liberal reform, and from the viewpoint of the reformers, that we have seen, or are likely to.
  5. ^ "Conventional wisdom". Institute of Public Affairs Review. Institute of Public Affairs. 64 (2): 52. June 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  6. ^ "The Australian Moment". Policy. The Centre For Independent Studies. 28 (4): 63. December 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Queensland Literary Awards: 2012 Winners - Literary of Media Work Advancing Public Debate - Harry Williams Award". Queensland Literary Awards Inc. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  8. ^ "'Man-Made World' wins 2012 John Button Prize". Books+Publishing. 3 September 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  9. ^ "'The Australian Moment' wins 2012 Walkley Book Award". Books+Publishing. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Prime Minister's Literary Awards: 2013 winners - Non-fiction". Department of Communications and the Arts. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Arts & Culture: Adelaide literature awards shortlist - Non-Fiction". INDAILY. 10 December 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  12. ^ Blundell, Graeme (14 March 2015). "Australia's economic boom explained in George Megalogenis doco". The Australian. Retrieved 21 March 2017. In this ambitious new series he [Alex West, producer] again brings us a cumulative and kaleidoscopic sense of a great story unfolding dramatically, its many chapters linked and narrated by his handsome beanpole of a commentator, Megalogenis.