Social change in Australia

A whimsical reflection on Australia’s social progress over 66 years

Most of these weekly roundups have included links from Martyn Goddard’s Policy Post –insightful and data-rich observations on public policy.

His most recent contribution is Transformation of a nation, a whimsical reflection of how much Australia has changed from the country onto which a young Goddard disembarked from SS Oronsay in 1957. It’s a story that brings in ten-pound poms, Ben Ean Moselle, and Pauline Hanson.

Along the way he describes how as a child he befriended a kookaburra: did he realize that its laughter was probably inspired by watching him adapt to our Australian ways?