The Australian Dream Debate: Defining the Australian Dream

Co-presented with the Sydney Development Agency

Why you should listen

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‘The Australian Dream’ is widely accepted in the media, politics and society as a summary of Australian identity, values and aspirations, of what it means to be Australian. But with the best and brightest young Australians fleeing the country in droves in search of a more stimulating, fulfilling life overseas, and with millions more feeling marginalised and unable to relate to so-called mainstream culture – it seems essential we find out why.

So we ask the question – what are the values, hopes, and dreams that inspire and motivate 21st century Australians? Or put more simply, what exactly is the Australian Dream?

Sydney’s thought leaders discuss the big picture. Our panel includes:

  • Dr Fiona Allon, ARC Future Fellow, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Sydney
  • Dean Economou, Technology Strategist, NICTA (National ICT Australia)
  • Lawrence Gibbons, Group Publisher Alternative Media Group of Australia, President Darlinghurst and Surry Hills Business Partnership, and President of the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce
  • Professor Alan Peters, Head of Urban and Regional Planning and Director of the Planning Research Centre (PRC), Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney
  • Lee Rhiannon, former Greens MP in the NSW Upper House and currently NSW Senator-elect. Lee will take her seat in Federal parliament on 1 July 2011.
  • Moderated by Peter Carr, CEO Sydney Development Agency.

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