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This book will change the way you think about your country... Australians now officially have the best living conditions in the world. Our country is both fair and free - and the only developed nation to have avoided a recession in the past twenty years. So how did it happen and why don't we care? In The Sweet Spot Peter Hartcher takes readers on a vastly entertaining and ...more
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Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book makes a boring economic story interesting. Eminently readable, a broad brush complete history of the Australian political system from 1788 to 2011. It explains why Australians are doing well, why most Australians argue against this, and how we gain retain our prosperity. Even-handed treatment of Labor and Liberal. The final chapter on China sinks the boot right in. One fact sticks in my mind: the top executives of the largest five investment banks got $38 billion in bonuses the year be ...more
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've frequently enjoyed Peter Hartcher's articles in the Melbourne Age, so purchased this book. Very well written, clear, logical, balanced arguments. Well worth all Australians giving this a read, especially those who like to whinge about our country. Peter explains how it isn't luck nor the mining boom that has got us to where we are. He shows how the Australian people, including our politicians, have created a political, social, and economic model that is the best in the world for the well-be ...more
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent overview of Australia's economic success.

Covers history from the arrival of the first fleet up until the Rudd government. Explains how Australia's political and economic model has evolved and reasons for its prosperity. It also looks forwards to how Australia must carefully manage itself in an uncertain future.

Includes lots of information that all Australians should be aware of in understanding our past and the way in which our country is run. Highly recommended.
Corey Zerna
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
book #28 (and the final) for 2011! and what a perfect ending. if you've ever been interested in australia's lucky country tag, its economy, how we got to where we are today, why the rest of the world envies us, but yet we still just don't get it, this is a fantastic summary of the australian economic miralce .. and the 200 year journey to how we got here. great read ...more
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Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
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How Australia got prosperity and how it could loose it
Author argues that
• Australia is top on wealth and other indices
• It’s not by luck or other (geological, racial etc) advantages
• It’s a country with both fairness and economic freedom
• Example of equality – Howard and Rudd in a queue with other ordinary people outside toilet at SCG in 2007 (ch-3, p17)
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Highly readable given the subject matter. Puts Australia's current economic circumstances in historical and current-day global context. Covers our strange gloomy national psyche when it comes to matters economic. Even provides a plausible explanation for our current pitiful political situation. ...more
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Peter Hartcher is the political and international editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. His books include Bubble Man, The Sweet Spot and To the Bitter End. His first Quarterly Essay, Bipolar Nation, was published in 2007.

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