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The Rise and Fall of Australia

Nick Bryant was the BBC’s correspondent to Australia for six years. In his latest book The Rise and Fall of Australia: How a Great Nation Lost its Way, he gives us an outsider’s perspective on the paradox that is contemporary life in Australia. Looking at politics, racism, sport and culture, he proposes that if Australia is to avoid decline, we must abandon our long-running national stereotypes and make a fresh start.

Nick examines how Australian politics have become so impoverished at a time when richness abounds elsewhere in our lives, and how this is leaving us teetering on the brink of disaster. He’s joined by host Madeleine Morris (reporter, ABC television’s 7.30).


Portrait of Madeleine Morris

Madeleine Morris

Madeleine Morris is a Melbourne-based reporter for ABC television’s 7.30. She was formerly a presenter for the BBC in London and reported from dozens of countries before returning to her native Australia. She is the author of Guilt-Free Bottle-Feeding: Why Your Formula-Fed Baby Can Grow Up To Be Happy, Healthy and Smart, published by Finch. 

Portrait of Nick Bryant

Nick Bryant

As the correspondent for the BBC to Australia for over six years, Nick bore witness to some pivotal moments in recent Australian history.


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