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Advanced Australia: The Politics of Ageing

Mark Butler presents a positive perspective on the ageing of Australia’s Baby Boomers in his upcoming book Advanced Australia: The Politics of Ageing. Mark will be discussing his book during a public lecture at The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre on Thursday 24 September.

Research has shown that the average Australian’s life expectancy has increased by twenty-five years over the past century – from mid-fifties to early eighties. For decades to come ageing will touch almost every area of policy – retirement incomes, housing, employment, urban design and health.

The greying Baby Boomers are leading this debate, both because of the size of their generation, as well as their history of reshaping every phase of life in their own image. Advanced Australia takes up this challenge and makes the case for a more positive approach to ageing and one that argues for the continuing contribution older Australians make to our community.

This book tries to deal with some of the very significant challenges that come with retirement. Mark believes that it is important to ‘make sure that those years of retirement for older Australians are good years, years in which they continue to feel financially secure, healthy, active and connected to a community’. Mark’s analysis is drawn from thousands of conversations and consultations he undertook as Minister. His book could be described as a discussion about the future of our nation.

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Mark Butler has been the Labor Member for Port Adelaide in the federal parliament since 2007 and served as Minister for Ageing in the Gillard government. He has also held the ministries of Mental Health, Housing, Homelessness, Social Inclusion, Climate Change and the Environment.

In 2013 Mark was awarded the Alzheimer’s Disease International Award for Outstanding Global Contribution to the Fight against Dementia. Mark is currently the Labor spokesperson for the Environment, Climate Change and Water and national president of the Australian Labor Party.

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and Melbourne University Publishing

FREE Registration: Advanced Australia: The Politics of Ageing
Presentation and book signing with Mark Butler
Thursday 24 September 2015, 6.00pm – 7.15pm
Allan Scott Auditorium, University of South Australia, City West campus

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