Griffith Review Edition 55

State of Hope

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As the industrial model that shaped twentieth-century South Australia is replaced by an uncertain future, now more than ever the state needs to draw on the strengths of its past in order to move ahead.

South Australia has always demonstrated a willingness to challenge prevailing sentiments, experiment, boldly innovate and take a national lead – and as a result has produced a disproportionate number of leaders in business, science, the arts and public policy.

Now, on the cusp of change, the state needs to draw on its talent for experiment and innovation in order to thrive in an increasingly competitive world. State of Hope explores the economic, social, environmental and cultural challenges facing South Australia, and the possibilities of renewal and revitalisation. It celebrates the unselfconscious willingness that hope enables.

State of Hope is co-edited by Julianne Schultz and Patrick Allington.

This edition is a partnership between Griffith Review and Flinders University, and is published with the support of Arts South Australia.

LISTEN

Historian Peter Stanley discusses his essay on Whyalla for GR55: State of Hope with Radio National's Tom Switzer on Sunday Extra.

The two examine the chequered economic history of the once thriving steel-making town, and the writer's personal reflections on the what he terms the 'Diminishing city'.