Irrespective of the outcome of the election, Australia in 2008 will be a different place, more open to new ways of thinking. Essays in Reimagining Australia predict the big trends that will shape this country in the future and reflect on the way things have changed in the past. The lead essay by the most outstanding young legal thinker in Australia, George Williams, addresses the dynamic nature of the nation, its stories, history and legal framework, and considers how this could change. His expansive essay will set the big picture agenda for a new era. Ideas of nation are under challenge throughout the world, as globalisation blurs the boundaries of belonging and identity. Australia will change in the next year and the essays and stories will explore topics for the new century and the way things have changed in the past. The importance of the imagination in defining place will have a central place in the issue.
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