Is Australia paralysed by fear of the future?

By Mark Kenny
Updated August 14 2015 - 12:01pm, first published 12:00pm
IDLING: Federal parliament this week had bloated speech-making about deceased former MPs and an uncontested motion commemorating the Gallipoli landings 100 years ago, instead of dealing with important economic and social reform issues.
IDLING: Federal parliament this week had bloated speech-making about deceased former MPs and an uncontested motion commemorating the Gallipoli landings 100 years ago, instead of dealing with important economic and social reform issues.

IT’S time. Time that is, for the room of mirrors. Time for a nation to examine how far it has strayed from the image it has of itself. Time in fact, to ask the harshest of questions: is Australia failing, mired in nostalgia, and paralysed by fear not just of the future, but of social trends already here?

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