The iconic Australian ideal of the ‘fair go’ is under threat, says Nick Cater. He identifies a new breed of ‘sophisticated’ Australians, who hate corporations, miners and the Murdoch media – as well as alcopops, sugar and plastic bags. They’ve gentrified the Labor Party and scared off the workers. And they consider themselves free thinkers … but end up thinking the same things.
Current Australia can be divided into ‘insiders’ (these snobbish sophisticates – also known as elites) and ‘outsiders’, says Cater, a senior editor at the Australian. In this eye-opening insight into how some Australians think, Cater will present his view on who his ‘insiders’ are, and why he believes they’re so dangerous.
Nick Cater is in conversation with Peter Mares, adjunct fellow at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research.
Peter Mares is lead moderator with The Cranlana Programme, an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to developing the ethical decision-making skills of Australia’s leaders. Peter is also contributing editor at Inside Story magazine and adjunct fellow at Swinburne University’s Centre for Urban Transitions. He is a former ABC broadcaster and the author of three books, including No Place Like Home: Repairing Australia’s Housing Crisis (Text 2018).
Nick Cater is a journalist, author and visiting fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies. He is a former editor of the Weekend Australian and held senior editorial roles at the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Telegraph.