Australia's lost soul. While Generation Z runs amok in the streets, shouting slogans and jostling Julie Bishop, the rest of us channel our protesting energy into something much less exhausting: going to events at the Sydney Writers’ Festival. Yesterday afternoon I joined several hundred concerned, politically aware citizens in sensible shoes to hear Michael Leunig, Richard Flanagan and Thomas Keneally debate the question "Is Australia still the land of the fair go, has Australia lost its soul?".

In the wake of a budget that appears to have benefited only fledgling ballerinas and Paddington design students, the answer appeared to be obvious. But we had a very interesting time getting there.