The New Woman, a record divorce rate, multiculturalism, the highest level of unemployment for sixty years, the onrush of technology, the rise of the swinging voter, a rapidly shrinking middle class . . . these and other big changes in the Australian way of life are turning the last decade of the twentieth century into one of the most challenging periods in our history.
Because we are living through an Age of Redefinition, many of us are suffering from the anxiety, stress and insecurity which are the inevitable consequences of having to adjust to such radical, social, cultural, and economic upheaval. The question is: how will we cope?
Based on a long-term social research program, 'The Mackay Report', which has been continuously probing Australians' attitudes, values, motivations, fears, hopes and dreams since 1979, 'Reinventing Australia' is an informative account of how our attitudes are indeed changing under the influence of the events of the past two decades - a period of relentless social, cultural, economic, political and technological change.