Gone Tomorrow – Australia in the 80s

If you are going to sin, sin bravely
– Sir Roderick Carnegie,
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A country rich in mineral and human resources.

A country plagued by inflation and unemployment which no elected government seems able to cure.

A country with big problems that cannot be solved by Labor’s calls for “sound management” or Fraser’s platitudes about “hard work”.

Gone Tomorrow analyses the problems of Australia in the 80s by making sense of the 70s. With a lens that pans from the Gold Coast to the Pilbara, from John Stone in the Treasury to Sir Roderick Carnegie at ConZinc Rio Tinto Ltd

Gone Tomorrow brings under scrutiny a broad and varied selection of the events and attitudes that typify the trends of the last decade. Humphrey McQueen shows that the continuing upheavals since the 1960s are much more than a series of unrelated shocks; are, in fact, an inevitable feature of an economy which has been fundamentally weakened by de-labourisation in all sectors and by overseas control of natural resources and industry.

In Gone Tomorrow Humphrey McQueen presents economic issues as part of our everyday experience and offers to every reader-not just. the economist-a strong starting point for understanding what is happening to our unlucky country.

Since graduating with honours from the University of Queensland, Humphrey McQueen has taught in high schools and lectured in history at the Australian National University.

Now living in Canberra, he currently works as a freelance writer, whose five previously published books include the well-known A New Britannia and Social Sketches of Australia 1888-1975.

Sir Roderick Carnegie was awarded a knighthood, as a Knight Bachelor in the 1978 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
In recognition of service to industry, and in the 2003 Queen’s Birthday Honours list he was awarded Companion of the Order of Australia
In recognition of service to the promotion of innovative leadership and to the development of competitive practices in business, both national and international, and to the community, particularly in the health and arts fields. He was awarded a Centenary Medal for service to Australian society in resource development and management.

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