“IN AUSTRALIA we work and play hard, but we think soft.”
So says futurist and economist BrianHaratsis as he lays out the challenges facing Australia.
Housing shortages, social disintegration, severely congested cities, pollution, a moribund planning system, regional decay and a burgeoning older population struggling to survive.
Sound familiar? Some of these things are happening already but according to Haratsis’ recently launched book, Australia 2050 Big Australia?, that’s us 40 years from now.
We are facing a crisis of confidence when we most need to make the difficult decisions about where and how we live, work, play and invest in the future, Haratsis maintains. And we have run out of nation, region and city-building ideas.